Communities nationwide are experiencing infant formula shortages after a large recall in February. This shortage has left many parents and caregivers concerned about how they will feed their babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has created a tip sheet for caregivers struggling to find formula for infants or medically fragile children. Key information from this tip sheet includes:
- Why it is not safe to:
- Water down baby formula to stretch it out. It can cause nutritional imbalances in babies and lead to serious health problems. Always mix formula as directed by the manufacturer.
- Feed a child homemade formula. They are not safe and do not meet a baby’s nutritional needs. Infant deaths have been reported from use of some homemade formulas.
- Encouraging families to check with their child’s pediatrician for options that are right for their child
- Where to find infant formula, such as:
- Checking smaller stores and drug stores, which may not be out of supply when the bigger stores are.
- Buying formula online until store shortages ease, if able. Purchase from well-recognized distributors and pharmacies rather than individually sold or auction sites.
- Types of milk products that are not suitable for children younger than 12 months