Henderson and Sivils Share Resources for Parents amid Formula Shortages
In recent weeks, the nation has experienced a shortage in baby formula due to supply chain issues and the recall of Abbott Nutrition’s powdered formula manufactured in Sturgis, Mich., which include Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare.
Pediatricians encourage parents to avoid hoarding formula as all parents of newborns are dealing with the shortage. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents buy only a 10-day to two-week supply of formula.
Anita Henderson, MD, and Victoria Sivils, MD, pediatricians at Hattiesburg Clinic The Pediatric Clinic, spoke with reporters about the resources available for parents who are having difficulty finding formula.
“We encourage parents to contact their local WIC (Womens, Infants and Children) office if they are having trouble finding formula,” Henderson said. “Store-brand formulas are generally a safe substitute, but if you are not sure, please reach out to your pediatrician.”
Sivils cautioned parents about the risks associated with watering down formula.
“Watering down formula isn’t okay. It can lead to seizures in babies. It’s really important that babies get their full-strength formula. If they’re having problems finding it on shelves, they should talk to their doctor,” Silvis said.
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