What to Do About the Formula Shortage

posted 5/13/22 -- Parents nationwide have been struggling to feed their infants amid a widespread shortage of formula. Low-income families are especially vulnerable to this shortage.

A number of factors contribute to the problem, including the closure of Abbott Nutrition’s manufacturing facility in Sturgis, Michigan. The plant was closed after a voluntary recall of several formula brands due to bacterial contamination.

What can parents do? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends contacting your pediatrician regarding alternatives to your baby’s current formula. Older infants may be able to switch to milk or use milk to supplement feedings.

Pediatricians and health departments have emphasized that parents should NOT DILUTE the formula they can find to make it last longer. The AAP also advises against homemade formulas.

Prior to the recall, formula supplies were already affected by global supply chain issues. The Federal Drug Administration continues to work with manufacturers to ease the strain of this issue, including allowing Abbott Nutrition to release limited quantities of certain specialty products.

Parents can also contact their local WIC office for help.

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