Infant formula is in short supply in the United States due to supply chain issues and an infant formula recall that shut down a manufacturing plant. The situation has many families worried about how they will feed their babies, said Lyndi Buckingham-Schutt, assistant professor and nutrition and health extension specialist at Iowa State University. .
“First, talk to your pediatrician about safe and appropriate feeding alternatives if you can’t find a specific type of formula,” Buckingham-Schutt says. “In an emergency, switching to any available formula would be acceptable for most infants. However, be sure to ask your pediatrician to switch if your baby is using a special formula.
Buy formula from trusted sources, Buckingham-Schutt continued. If larger stores don’t have the product you’re looking for, check smaller stores or pharmacies in your area. Do not buy formula sold individually on auction sites or outside the United States
“You can also use social media groups to help you find places where you can find formula in your area. Be sure to check any advice given on social media with your pediatrician,” Buckingham-Schutt said.
For more tips, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website at https://www.healthychildren.org/. Buckingham-Schutt suggested additional steps
Buckingham-Schutt suggested additional steps parents and caregivers can take to ensure their infants have safe, age-appropriate and nutritious foods.
• Do not dilute formula or make homemade formula. It is not safe and could cause serious harm to your baby.
• Do not give cow’s milk or other non-dairy milk to your baby until he is 1 year old, unless you have spoken to your child’s pediatrician.
• Don’t buy formula in a panic, because buying too much will only make the problem worse. Try to have a 10 day to 2 week supply of formula on hand.
• Follow food safety practices for preparing and storing infant formula. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on food safety.
• Clean, disinfect and properly store food items.