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 Napa County California - Bay Area Health Officials Share Guidance  to Navigate  the Infant Formula Shortage in  the U . S .  20 May 2022 ( news )

Napa County California - Bay Area Health Officials Share Guidance to Navigate the Infant Formula Shortage in the U . S . 20 May 2022 ( news )

Napa County , state California
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   There continues to be a shortage of infant formula nationwide due to supply chain issues and a recall of infant formula due to bacterial contamination in the Abbott manufacturing plant in Michigan . The federal government is currently working on strategies to increase production of formula and help families access existing stock .
   Compared to other states California is faring better , but the shortages are still of concern .  
   Babies need the right balance of nutrients - not too much or too...... little of anything - to grow and be healthy . It is important for your baby ' s health to use products that meet federal standards to ensure the formula is safe and free of harmful bacteria .
   During this challenging time , the counties of Alameda , Contra Costa , Marin , Napa , San Benito , San Mateo , Santa Clara , Santa Cruz , Solano , Sonoma , and the City of Berkeley encourage parents and families to:
   If you are currently breastfeeding , continue if possible .  
   We recognize this option
    
   may not be viable for everyone . If someone is partially breastfeeding , they may consider reaching out to a lactation care provider ( in - person or by telehealth ) to help ensure that they maintain or increase their milk supply by breastfeeding more .
   Talk to your child’s doctor about 
   substituting formula brands .  
   For most babies , if their regular brand of formula is not currently available , it is OK to substitute with a similar version . Also
   consult your child’s pediatrician if your baby requires a specialized formula
    , ( therapeutic or metabolic formula for an infant with a medical condition requiring different caloric or nutrient content ) , before making any substitution . Your pediatrician may recommend a milk bank referral . If you have questions about which formula is acceptable , contact your child’s pediatrician or the
   Napa County WIC agency
    at 707 - 253 - 4853 .
   Avoid making your own formula at home , watering down formula
    t
   o make it last longer ,
   using expired formula
    ,
    using cow , goat , or plant - based milk for formula , or giving toddler formula to infants
    . Doing so can reduce the amount of nutrients a baby receives and can lead to potential serious health complications . If no other options are available to feed your baby , children over six months may be eligible for whole , pasteurized ,
   cow’s milk
    , as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics .
   This is not ideal and should not be done for more than one week .
    Talk to your pediatrician if you need to give your baby cow ' s milk for a week to see if this option is appropriate for your child .
   Apply to the 
   WIC program
    .
    About half of all births in California are in low - income families who qualify for the WIC program , and income - eligible clients can receive a WIC card and use it to purchase a limited amount of formula at participating retail stores . WIC offices are staffed by individuals with close ties to their communities . Existing WIC clients should use their benefits for formula earlier in the month in case they run into shortages near the end of their benefit period .
   Find out what resources exist in the community
    and share those resources widely . If you see infant formula in stock when you’re shopping , make it known within your network . Contact Contact Napa County WIC or your local family resource center at 707 - 253 - 4853 to learn more about their family - centered services and resources .
   Health officials will continue to monitor the shortage and provide updates as new information is available .
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   Funcionarios de salud del Área de la Bahía comparten orientación para navegar la escasez de fórmula infantil en los EE . UU .
    
   Continúa la escasez de fórmula infantil a través de todo el país debido a problemas en la cadena de suministro y un retiro del mercado de fórmula infantil debido a la contaminación bacteriana en la planta de fabricación de Abbott en Michigan . El gobierno federal está desarrollando estrategias para aumentar la producción de fórmula y ayudar a las familias a acceder los suministros existentes .
   En comparación con otros estados , el problema en California no es tan crítico , pero la escasez sigue siendo motivo de preocupación .
   Los bebés necesitan un balance preciso de nutrientes , ni demasiado ni muy poco , para crecer y estar saludables . Es importante para la salud de su bebé usar productos que cumplan con los estándares federales para garantizar que la fórmula sea segura y no contenga bacterias dañinas .
   Durante este momento difícil , los condados de Alameda , Contra Costa , Marin , Napa , San Benito , San Mateo , Santa Clara , Santa Cruz , Solano , Sonoma y la Ciudad de Berkeley alientan a los padres y familias a:
   Si actualmente está amamantando , continúe si es posible .
    Reconocemos que esta opción no es posible para todos . Si alguien está amamantando parcialmente , puede considerar comunicarse con un consejero de lactancia ( en persona o por telesalud ) para recibir orientación sobre maneras de mantener o aumentar su producción de leche al amamantar más .
   Hable con el médico de su hijo sobre la sustitución de marcas de fórmula
    . Para la mayoría de los bebés , si su marca habitual de fórmula no está disponible actualmente , está bien sustituirla por una versión similar
    . También consulte con el pediatra de su hijo si su bebé requiere una fórmula especializada
    ( fórmula terapéutica o metabólica para un bebé con una condición médica que requiere un contenido calórico o nutricional diferente ) , antes de sustituir la fórmula . Su pediatra quizá la pueda referir a un banco de leche . Si tiene preguntas sobre qué fórmula es aceptable , comuníquese con el pediatra de su hijo o con su
   agencia local de WIC
    ( Mujeres , Infantes y Bebes , Condado de Napa ,
   707 - 253 - 4853
    ) .
   Evite hacer su propia fórmula casera , diluir la fórmula para que dure más tiempo , usar fórmula caducada , usar leche de vaca , cabra o de origen vegetal para la fórmula , o dar fórmula para niños pequeños a los bebés .  
   Si lo hace , puede reducir la cantidad de nutrientes que recibe un bebé que puede causar complicaciones de salud graves . Si no hay otras opciones disponibles para alimentar a su bebé , los niños mayores de seis meses pueden ser elegibles para
   leche de vaca
    entera pasteurizada , según la recomendación de la Academia Americana de Pediatría .
   Esto no es lo ideal y no debe hacerse durante más de una semana .
    Habla con tu pediatra si necesita darle leche de vaca a su bebé durante una semana para ver si esta opción es adecuada para su hijo .
   Aplicar al programa WIC
    .  Aproximadamente la mitad de todos los nacimientos en California son en familias de bajos ingresos que califican para el programa WIC , y los clientes elegibles por ingresos pueden recibir una tarjeta WIC y usarla para comprar una cantidad limitada de fórmula en las tiendas minoristas participantes . Los empleados de WIC están son personas con mucho conocimiento de recursos comunitarios y sus comunidades . Actuales participantes de WIC deben usar sus beneficios para la fórmula a principios de mes en caso de que tengan escasez cerca del final de su período de beneficios .
   Averigüe qué recursos existen en la comunidad
    y compártalos ampliamente . Si ve suministros de fórmula infantil cuando está de compras , hágalo saber dentro de su red . Comuníquese con el Programa de WIC u centros de recursos familiares para obtener más información sobre sus servicios y recursos para familias .
   Los funcionarios de salud continuarán monitoreando la escasez y compartirán actualizaciones a medida que haya nueva información disponible .
   





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