DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Division of Public Health is providing guidance to families in the first state who are struggling to find formula due to the shortage.
The shortage is caused by supply chain issues and health officials want you to avoid certain practices that could harm your baby’s health. DPH sent a letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Maternal and Child Health of the Health Resources and Services Administration to families and maternal and child health stakeholders, providing individuals with this information to deal with shortages.
For parents and guardians:
- Speak with your doctor to discuss best practices for your child.
- Consider an alternate formula.
- Check the availability of manufacturing sites before going to the store to buy.
DPH reminds parents/guardians:
- Do not make or use homemade formula.
- Never dilute the formula.
- The formula should be used once the baby is 1 year old.
- Talk to your doctor.
- Breastfeed your child.
- Consider lactation support if you need extra support.
DPH has also taken steps to help parents as supply chain issues are resolved nationwide. Visit this site for up-to-date information on Delaware’s response to infant formula supply chain issues.