Everything You Need to Know About the Formula Shortage

Over the past few weeks, many people shopping for formula have noticed a shortage. We believe knowledge is power, and want to do our best to educate you on the situation and the options you have if formula is becoming harder to find in your area. 

The Source of the Issue

Back in February, the formula manufacturer, Abbott, had a recall due to possible bacteria in their formulas. Abbott produces many brands, with some of the well known ones being Similac, Alimentum,and EleCare.With a recall of those formulas,  it has caused a supply chain reaction.  

When people first got word about the formula shortage, many began buying more containers than their child needed.. We understand that the possibility of not finding food for your child is alarming, but hoarding it is not the solution. This just makes it harder for other mothers to find food for their baby. 

As baby formula shortage grows, this company is trying to help

Solutions

First, take a deep breath. These times are stressful, but people are working around the clock to help solve the issues. Abbott released a statement that they are hoping to be back up and running in a few short weeks. White House representatives and the FDA are currently working on a plan to bring in imported formula that will hopefully come to fruition very soon. 

While none of these plans are set in stone, it is comforting to know that people are working as hard as they can to fix this issue faced by so many families

Here are some things you can do to help the situation: 

1) As tempting as it is, it is important to not purchase more than you need. Again, doing this makes it even harder for other moms to find nutrition for their baby. 

2) If you aren't finding formula anywhere in stock, call your pediatrician. Your pediatrician will more than likely have samples, and other information about where formula might be available. 

3) If there is an immense shortage on the brand you use, it is possible to switch formulas. However, talk to your pediatrician first to see what your best options are. Try to switch over slowing so that your baby's digestive system will have time to acclimate to the change.

One business that is doing incredible work during this shortage is Baby2Baby. They are a nonprofit organization in the US. that provides diapers clothes and other necessities for children in poverty. They are now working on the formula shortage by having formula made at a fraction of the cost and donating it to families throughout the US. If you are interested in learning more about their cause, check them out here

Homemade Baby Formula: Why DIY Baby Formula Recipes Are Unsafe 

Some things not to do: 

1) Don't make homemade formula. Formula contains all of your baby's essential nutrients and vitamins. Trying to make it at home and leaving some of those essential ingredients out could be damaging to your baby's nutrition. 

2) Don't add more water to try and make the formula last longer. Adding more water and thinning the formula out only leads to your baby not getting as many vitamins and nutrients as they once were. 

3) Don't replace with cow's milk or plant-based alternatives. While these alternatives can be nutritious, they do not contain all the vitamins and nutrients that your baby requires. 

If the past two years have taught us anything, it is that things that once seemed impossible can happen. 

Take a deep breath. 

Solutions are coming. 

You got this mama. 

Kate

 



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