How to Handle the Infant Formula Shortage

There are few things as critical as the nutrition an infant receives in their first year of life and milk or formula is part of that. According to the 2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for about the first 6 months of life infants should be fed human milk or iron-fortified formula. Even after introducing them to certain foods continue milk or formula until one year old. So what should mothers do to ensure they have milk or formula for their child?

Healthy Tip Tuesday is brought to you in partnership with Trinity Health Systems.

While breastfeeding may be the best option for an infant it may not be feasible due to a variety of reasons. However, there are some ways to get breastmilk for a baby even if the mother does not feed herself.

  • Breastmilk banks Though these can be pricey they are an option.
  • Supply sharing. Many mothers have an oversupply and local centers, or support groups will often promote these options.
What else can be done?
  • Talk to a physician about:
    • Samples
    • Switching to a more accessible formula
    • If the child is close to their first birthday is it safe to drink whole milk.
  • Connect to a community agency for support. They may have formula.
    • WIC
    • Community Action
    • United Way
    • Food Banks
  • Contact the manufacturer directly to see if they are able to ship directly to you or your supplier.
  • Never water down the formula to make it last longer. Please follow the directions on the back of the can.

Whenever formula is located at a store, please do not hoard it. Only purchase what is needed. As this only contributes to the problem. Share the information with other mothers where the formula is in stock.

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