Information About the Infant Formula Supply Shortage

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