Families offered advice for dealing with baby formula shortage – Online Examiner


The Logan County Health District is aware of the infant formula shortage that parents and caregivers in Logan County are facing.

“Those who have difficulty finding formula should contact the child’s pediatrician or primary care provider for advice and formula changes,” LCHD officials said this week.

“Parents and caregivers should not attempt to make their own formula and should not dilute available formula in an effort to make it last longer.

“Parents and guardians should also not buy formula online from sellers overseas.

Also, replacing formula with cow’s or goat’s milk is not recommended as it does not provide the right nutrition and could cause other problems for the baby.

Tips for locating the formula include:

• Call the store first and ask for product availability.

• Ask a store employee if there is more formula in the back (if there is none on the shelf).

• Ask when the next shipment will arrive.

• Ask when the shelves are usually full.

• Talk to the pharmacy to see if they can help you.

Parents and qualified caregivers can also enroll in programs such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and/or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through the Department of Job & Family Services.

Logan County WIC can be contacted at (937) 599-3345 and Logan County Employment and Family Services at (937) 599-5165.

CDC information is available at www.cdc.gov/nutrition/infantandtoddlernutrition/formula-feeding/choosing-an-infant-formula.html.

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