The current shortage of baby formula in the United States is causing a significant amount of stress for many families. Parents across the country are scrambling to find alternatives to providing their babies with proper nutrition. It is important for families to keep in mind the following points to ensure the safety and sound health of their babies during the formula shortage:
1. Contact your local WIC office or food pantry to ask if they have available formula or if they can help secure formula.
2. Determine if ordering the formula directly from the manufacturer is possible rather than a brand name store where formula may be sold out or unavailable.
3. Try shopping for formula at drug stores or smaller stores.
4. If possible, order the formula online from reputable, FDA-approved distributors.
5. Check the formula’s expiration date. Many families throw out formula without checking to see if it is still usable.
6. It is never OK to water down your baby's formula. Watering down the formula is dangerous for your baby and can lead to many nutritional deficiencies.
7. Do not attempt to make your own formula at home. Home-made formulas are not safe for your baby.
The formula shortage poses a scary and challenging time for many families in the United States. Families should remember that they have options when navigating the crisis. Talk to your baby’s pediatrician to express your concerns about adequately feeding your baby during these times. Find more resources or get immediate help for your family here.