Health Department Recommendations for Shortage and Recall of Infant Formula
TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY—The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is advising local families of resources to help deal with infant formula shortages.
Assistance with purchasing groceries or infant formula may be possible through the Tompkins County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, and more information can be found here.
TCHD encourages families to verify the lot codes on any formula, you must already make sure that it was not part of the Abbott Nutrition Product Recall in Similac, Alimentum and Elecare formulas. If it is not part of the recall, the formula is safe to use.
Pediatric healthcare providers may be able to provide formula samples and can help recommend a nutritionally similar formula that may be readily available locally.
Small stores and pharmacies may have stock available, and calling ahead can make it easier to find.
Look online for options from reputable distributors and pharmacies, and buying formula online from strangers on social media sites or auction sites is not recommended.
The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advises against diluting infant formula or attempting to make homemade infant formula, which may not be safe or meet an infant’s nutritional needs. Also, it is not recommended to use formula milk for infants.
The hoarding formula will further impact the supply chain and continue to exacerbate the stress of scarcity on the community.
“The shortage of formula can understandably worry, frustrate and stress families, but rest assured that formula production is continuing and the supply chain shortage is temporary,” said Director of Public Health Frank Kruppa. . “Contact your child’s health care provider for help in finding the best way to introduce your baby to new formula if needed and do not resort to homemade formulas as an alternative. For families who have struggling to pay for groceries and formula, the Tompkins County WIC program is here to help.
The WIC program can help families struggling to afford groceries and formula, as well as connect individuals with additional resources such as health care, counseling, and other food assistance programs. .