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City of Pittsburg California - Bay Area Health Officials Share Guidance to Navigate the U . S . Infant Formula Shortage 20 May 2022 ( news )
City of Pittsburg , state California ( By Press Release office)
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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 your local WIC agency . ( In Contra Costa County , call ( 800 ) 414 - 4WIC . )
Avoid making your own formula at home , watering down formula
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 ,
, 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 .
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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 .
Health officials will continue to monitor the shortage and provide updates as new information is available .
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