- The baby formula shortage stems from the closure of the Abbott Nutrition Facility, product recalls, labor shortages, and supply chain issues.
- Parents should look for formula in smaller stores, food banks, small neighboring cities or towns, as well as online.
- Do not feed a baby homemade formula, never dilute formula to make it last longer, and only purchase formula directly from the manufacturer, known stores, or reputable markets.
- If you cannot find baby formula anywhere, you need to call your doctor immediately. They will help find supply or consult on a safe short-term substitute.
Feeding a baby isn’t easy for some parents. There are a number of things that can go wrong when it comes to nursing or feeding in general. Some babies are born with health conditions that require specific dietary needs, while others refuse to nurse or have difficulty latching. Mother’s can struggle with low supply or have to return to work early. This is where formula comes into play.
We’ve all heard the saying, “fed is best.” It doesn’t matter if it’s through breastmilk or formula, the most important thing is to keep them fed in order to sustain their growth and development. Unfortunately, the Abbott formula recall, coupled with pandemic shortages, has created a baby formula shortage making it difficult for parents who rely on formula to feed their babies.
We’ve created a list of baby formula’s that are currently available online, as well as some important tips to help parents navigate the current formula shortage…
Why is the Formula Shortage Happening?
The current formula shortage is affecting families across the country. Parents have been reporting empty shelves in local stores spanning all different brands including Gerber, Enfamil, Similac, and others. So, why is this happening?
The main cause is the closure of Abbott Nutrition’s facility in Sturgis, Michigan. This facility produces a large portion of the country’s baby formula.The Abbott Nutrition’s facility closure was due to a recall of several powdered infant formulas including Similar, Alimentum, and EleCare. The FDA was investigating complaints of bacterial infections of four infants who fell ill after consuming powdered formula from this facility.
Other contributing factors include labor shortages and supply chain issues which are residual effects from the pandemic. On top of all this, scared parents are now stockpiling, creating even less inventory in stores and online.