Feeding the Baby

Baby Formula Shortage Resources, Courtesy of Hamilton Township:
 

Families impacted by the infant formula shortage may find success in finding formula by contacting the below resources:


Manufacturer Hotlines:

 

Community Resources:

 

General Guidance:

Call your OBGYN or pediatrician to see if they have in-office samples or can suggest a similar formula that may be more readily available in stores and is nutritionally similar to your infant’s typical formula.

American Academy of Pediatrics: https://healthychildren.org/

 

DO NOT:

  • DO NOT switch to milk or milk alternatives or switch to toddler formula without discussing with your pediatrician. Infants under one year of age should generally not have cow’s milk, milk alternatives, or toddler formula.

  • DO NOT water down formula or make your own formula at home. Homemade infant formula recipes have not been evaluated by the FDA and may lack nutrients vital to an infant’s growth.

  • DO NOT stockpile formula. We know you may be worried about your next supply, but all families need immediate access, and stockpiling may further exacerbate shortages.

  • Further, formula has a shelf life and SHOULD NOT be used past the “use buy” date indicated on the container.

 

Feeding your infant during this shortage can be stressful. If you are in need of emotional support, The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium can connect you with counseling services, virtual support groups, and other resources you may need to care for your mental health. https://cjfhc.org/