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:
- 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 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.)
|Standard infant formula||
Enfamil with NeuroPro
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
Happy Baby – Organic Infant formula
Earth’s Best – Organic Dairy Infant Formula
Burt’s Bees Baby Organic Infant Milk
Mama Bear Organic Infant formulaHappy Baby Organics Infant 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 GentleProMama Bear Gentle Baby Formula
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
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.
- PurAmino DHA & ARA
- Nutricia Neocate Formula
- Alfamino Infant formula