Amid the ongoing baby formula shortage, parents are looking for alternatives. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and news reports:
• Check smaller stores and drug stores instead of the big retailers.
• If your normal baby formula has become unavailable, consult your pediatrician’s office. They may have samples in stock and can also recommend the best other options for your child.
• Check with manufacturers: Gerber’s MyGerber Baby Expert, gerber.com/mygerber-baby-expert; manufacturer Abbott, (800) 986-8540; manufacturer Reckitt, (800) 222-9123.
• If you can afford it, order online. But do not order formulas from abroad unless you first ensure that they have been FDA-reviewed for nutrition and safety.
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• Switching formula brands and/or seeking out donor breastmilk banks are safe. Find locations at hmbana.org/find-a-milk-bank/overview.html. Informal breastmilk sharing is not usually recommended because of potential health and safety risks.
• Never dilute formula or try homemade recipes.
• Never use cow, goat or plant-based milk. Soy milk may be given to babies who are close to a year of age for a few days in an emergency, but only the kind that is fortified with protein and calcium.
• Do not use toddler formula instead of infant formula. They address different nutritional needs.
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• Seek help from social media groups dedicated to parenting.
• Children who are over 6 months old can slowly receive supplemental nutrition with some solids, according to the CDC. Talk to your pediatrician about options and preparation.
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