Health Department offers guidance to parents over formula shortages

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The Virginia Department of Health is offering guidance to parents amid infant formula shortages.

VDH said families should never use “homemade” recipes or diluted formulas, as these practices can have serious and sometimes life-threatening consequences for the child.

The stocking formula only makes the shortage worse, so only buy a 10-14 day supply.

Families can call stores ahead to see what formula they have before traveling, and check small markets and pharmacies when larger stores and supermarkets are out.

When buying online, make sure the formula is from trusted distributors. VDH said not to buy anything outside of the US because it’s not guaranteed to be FDA compliant.

Parents can also discuss alternative feeding options with their pediatrician.

The shortage is also impacting the Virginia WIC program.

“Virginia’s WIC program continues to navigate formula shortage issues,” said state WIC director Paula N. Garrett, MS, RD. “With the Abbott Formula Recall, Virginia WIC has been able to expand the formula options available to our participants. The most recently updated list of Virginia WIC-approved formulas and substitutions can be viewed on our webpage at address virginiawic.com. Low infant formula inventory forces many of our attendees to search multiple authorized vendors to locate needed products. In some instances, Virginia WIC is able to order formulas through our Participant Formula Distribution Warehouse; However, many of these items are out of stock and out of stock. Virginia WIC continues to work with our participants and their healthcare providers to help locate the formulas needed.

Families can contact their Local Health Services for more information.

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