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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFERS HELP FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY FORMULA SHORTAGES

By Amy Douglas, APR

April 21, 2022

[Lecanto, Fla.] —  If you’re finding it difficult to locate formula due to current shortages, the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (FDOH-Citrus) advises breastfeeding may be an alternative.

 

“While we understand that it may not be an option for some families, for those who are able to breastfeed, it’s a great way to make sure your baby is getting the nutrition he or she needs, without putting a strain on the current supply chain issues,” says Maret Wachira, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a staff member of the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (FDOH-Citrus).

 

Before you make the switch, talk to your doctor or lactation consultant to see if going back to human breast milk is possible.  If you can breastfeed, even partially, it will lessen your need for formula, resulting in less demand on the supply chain.

 

FDOH-Citrus offers free breastfeeding support.  The Infant Feeding Line is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is offered  in Spanish and English.  Callers can get the support and reassurance they need by dialing 352-513-6060.

 

If you are not able to make the switch to breastfeeding, here are some helpful suggestions:

 

  • Buy formula as you need it and avoid overbuying which can lead to formula expiring before it is used.
  • Use only fresh, unexpired formula. While it may “seem safe,” using any food item past the “use by” or “sell by” dates can lead to illness. 
  • Talk to your doctor if your brand of formula isn’t currently available. A store brand formula may save you money while also offering your baby the same nutrition.

 

If you have concerns about your infant formula, visit fda.gov/food for recall information.  If you have questions about breastfeeding, call the Infant Feeding Line.

 

“We’re here and we’re available seven days a week,” says Vanessa Verdo, IBCLC.  “No question goes unanswered.  If you’re having issues with feeding, or if you’re looking to re-start breastfeeding, give us a call.  We’re happy to help.”

For more information about FDOH-Citrus, go to citrus.floridahealth.gov or follow us on Twitter at @FLHealthCitrus.

 

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