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As we are currently in the midst of an unprecedented formula shortage in the nation, there have been many questions and concerns about what to do if you are having difficulty with finding the formula. Recently, the FDA announced it is taking some steps to improve the supply but this may be a few weeks out. In the meantime, here are some tips from Dr. Matt Bradshaw of AnMed Health Pediatric Associates to make sure you're caring for your infant safely during the formula supply shortage.  

  • Check smaller stores and pharmacies to see about their supply.
  • Check online at reputable companies and pharmacies.
  • Be flexible. In most cases it is going to be okay to switch to the most readily available infant formulas that you happen to come across. In certain situations, infants need specialized formulas and are not able to switch (those with certain allergies, metabolic diseases, etc.). If your child has any of these conditions and are having difficult with finding these, then speak with your pediatrician about an acceptable alternative.
  • Do NOT water down infant formula to try to stretch this out. This can be dangerous to the infant and can lead to serious health problems.
  • Avoid toddler formulas for infants as these are meant only for those a year and up.
  • Do NOT use any homemade infant formulas. Formulas have been researched and formulated specifically for infant needs so we need to avoid trying to make this at home.
  • If your child is getting closer to age 1 and you are unable to find any formula at all, talk to your pediatrician about the possibility of introducing whole milk in the diet. This is not ideal and shouldn't become the norm but in certain situations, this may be an acceptable option.
  • If you are on WIC, then you can also try to contact you local WIC office to ask about available options.
  • If all else fails and you are completely unable to find formulas, always call your pediatrician who may be able to help out further.

Visit https://www.hhs.gov/formula/index.html .This is a website from the government about the formula shortage and resources as well as hotlines to call and community resources that are available.



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