What should I do with the baby formula shortage if I can't find any?

What should I do with the baby formula shortage if I can't find any?

Struggling to find Baby Formula?

Here are some tips:

If you’re struggling to find baby formula during the shortage, some tips can help.

Keep in mind that this advice is strictly for URGENT situations. If you have any concerns about your baby’s nutrition, please talk with your pediatrician.

Check smaller stores and drug stores, which may not be out of supply when the bigger stores are.

If you can afford it, buy formula online until store shortages ease. Purchase from well-recognized distributors and pharmacies rather than individually sold or auction sites.

For most babies, it is OK to switch to any available formula, including store brands, unless your baby is on a specific extensively hydrolyzed or amino acid-based formula such as Elecare. Ask your pediatrician about
recommended specialty formula alternatives available for your baby.

Check social media groups. There are groups dedicated to infant feeding and formula, and members may have ideas for where to find formula. Make sure to check any advice with your pediatrician.

Is it OK to put more water in baby formula?
No. Watering down the formula is dangerous. It can cause nutritional imbalances in your baby and severe health problems. Always mix formula as directed by the manufacturer.

Can I make my baby formula?
Although recipes for homemade formulas circulating on the internet may seem healthy or less expensive, they are not safe and do not meet your baby’s nutritional needs. Infant deaths have been reported from the use of some homemade formulas.

Is cow’s milk a safe alternative to baby formula?
This may be an option if your child is six months old and is usually on regular formula. You could feed them whole cow’s milk in a pinch for a brief period until the shortage is better. This is not ideal and should not become routine. However, it is a better option than diluting formula or making homemade formula. Although we don’t have a specific amount of cow milk that infants 6-12 months should drink in this situation, follow the limits of no more than 24 ounces a day for children over a year of age.

The most crucial concern with giving an infant over six months of age cow’s milk if you can’t find the baby formula is ensuring they get enough iron to prevent anemia. Include plenty of iron-containing solid foods in their diet while using whole cow’s milk. You may also talk with your pediatrician about giving your baby an iron supplement until you can find formula again.

For more information, go to https://www.healthychildren.org to read the full article

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