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Keeping Infants Safe in Midst of Formula Shortages

Posted by Cindy Long, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service in Food and Nutrition
May 16, 2022
A woman’s hands are holding an empty baby bottle and dumping powdered formula into the bottle

There are few things that worry a parent more than their children’s health and safety. The ongoing infant formula shortage due to supply chain issues, which worsened due to a major formula recall in February, has left many caregivers feeling concerned and anxious about their options for safely feeding their infants.

Families receiving formula through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, commonly known as WIC, are among the many affected by the recall. The Biden-Harris Administration and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service are taking many actions to help ensure WIC participants can get safe formula to nourish their babies.

Some steps you can take to ensure the safety of your infant’s formula include:

Please note: Only medical professionals are qualified to provide advice on acceptable alternatives to formulas that may currently be difficult to find. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers tips for parents and caregivers who are struggling to find baby formula during the shortage. Please talk with your pediatrician about safe and appropriate feeding alternatives for your child if needed.

The Food and Nutrition Service takes seriously its role in making sure infants served by FNS programs, including WIC, have access to the safe, healthy food they need to thrive. We are committed to helping families navigate this difficult time.

Category/Topic: Food and Nutrition

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dawn skinner
May 15, 2022

OK, what do you do when you DO NOT have formula? some suggestions other than do not make your own and so on would be helpful. What do you do when you have no more formula and you can't find any, than what.

May 17, 2022

This does not provide any information about what to do it you can't get formula. It just says any possible alternative is unsafe and terrible. What are parents supposed to do with this information? If the option is feed your baby watered down formula/other animal milk or don't feed your baby, parents will choose the former. Your effort to avoid liability has caused you to provide no helpful practical information at all.