Information for families impacted by formula shortage

July 28, 2022
Newborn with mother
By Regence

There is nothing as important to families as the health and safety of their babies, and the formula shortage has left many people feeling anxious about how they will feed them. 

As the shortage continues, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is continuing to recommend these tips for parents and caregivers:

Try a new brand of formula

  • Most babies will do fine with different brands, including store brands, as long as they are the same type they are currently being fed (cow’s milk-based, soy, hypoallergenic, etc.)
  • Talk to your doctor or pediatrician about substitutes for hypoallergenic or specialty formula
  • Talk to your doctor or pediatrician about short-term options

Try a formula made in another country

  • Some of these formulas include Bubs, Kendamil and NAN
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed these formula companies to market certain products in the U.S.
  • This FDA conversion chart shows how to convert milliliters to fluid ounces and Celsius to Fahrenheit (°C to °F)

Consider human milk options

  • If possible, consider a local milk bank that is accredited through the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA)
  • If you are currently breastfeeding, consider donating your excess milk to a local milk bank

More tips for feeding infants during this national formula shortage can be found on HHS’ website.

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