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What you need to know about the baby formula shortage

With the current baby formula shortage, you may feel anxious. We’ve put together a list of tips to hopefully help you during this ongoing shortage.

  • May 21, 2022
  • By Grand Itasca

With the current baby formula shortage, you may feel anxious and be asking yourself:

“What if I can’t find formula? How am I going to feed my baby?”

We feel for you and your family. Over half of babies are partially fed with formula after 3 months. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working diligently to resolve shortages and improve supply, we want to provide provider-approved options for those struggling to find baby formula right now.

As long as the situation continues, we recommend the following tips:

DO

  • Consider switching formula brands. Most babies can switch formula brands without difficulty. If you can’t find your usual formula, try a similar formula from a different brand. Store brand formulas are very similar to brand-name formulas. (see chart below)
    • If your baby only takes special formula like Elecare, ask your baby’s doctor for alternatives. EleCare is a hydrolyzed or amino acid formula.
  • Try ready-to-feed formulas. These are more expensive but usually a little easier to find. 
  • Shop small or online. If you can, try checking smaller stores or online options to buy formula.
  • Contact your local WIC office. They may have additional suggestions. 
  • Check social media groups to see where and which formulas are available in your area. 

DON’T

  • Don’t water down formula. Babies need the nutrition in formula. Messing with the instructions can be dangerous for the baby.
  • Don’t make your own formula. It is not safe and won’t have the nutrition your baby needs.
  • Don’t buy formulas from social media connections or auction sites. They may not be safe. 


To learn more, please check out the FAQ by the American Academy of Pediatrics at www.healthychildren.org.

Formula Comparison Chart

(This list is not all-inclusive but includes many common brands.)

   Brand Name  Alternatives
 Standard infant formula

 Enfamil with NeuroPro
 Similac – Pro Advance

 Organic
 Enfamil simply organic
 Similac organic infant formula

 Parent's Choice – Advantage

 Parent’s Choice – Infant

 Kirkland Signature – Infant formula

 Up & UP Advantage Infant Formula

 Gerber Good Start Everyday Probiotics

 Mama Bear Infant Milk-Based Formula

 

 Organic

 Happy Baby – Organic Infant formula

 Earth’s Best – Organic Dairy Infant Formula

 Burt’s Bees Baby Organic Infant Milk

 Mama Bear Organic Infant formula

 Happy Baby Organics Infant Formula

 "Gentle" formula

 Enfamil Gentlease
 Similac – Pro Sensitive

 Parent’s Choice – Sensitivity

 Parent’s Choice – Gentle

 Up & Up – Sensitivity

 Up & Up – Gentle

 Gerber Good Start Gentle or GentlePro

 Mama Bear Gentle Baby Formula
 Soy formula

 Enfamil ProSobee
 Similac Soy Isomil

 Gerber Good Start Gentle Soy

 Parent’s Choice Soy

 Earth’s Best Organic Soy Infant Formula

 Mama Bear Soy Formula

 Anti-reflux formula  Enfamil A.R. Infant Formula
 Similac for Spit up

 Hipp Anti-reflux formula

 Hypoallergenic formula  Emfamil Nutramigen
 Similac Alimentum

 Parent’s Choice Hypoallergenic Formula

 CVS Hypoallergenic Formula

 Well beginnings Hypoallergenic Formula

 Mama Bear Hypoallergenic Formula

 

If you need to find substitutes for the following formulas, please talk to your child’s pediatrician or provider first.

  • EleCare
  • PurAmino DHA & ARA
  • Nutricia Neocate Formula
  • Alfamino Infant formula