Medical officials offer advice to parents still facing formula shortage


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – As formula shortages ease, some mothers are struggling to find formula for their newborns.

While grocery stores still have low infant formula inventory, Baptist Health East Women’s and Children’s Services Director Erica Hess says the best thing you can do is plan ahead.

If you notice that the formula you need is constantly out of stock, consult your pediatrician to see if there are other brands you can try.

“Several of the formula companies have released some sort of guide, if you will, that identifies all of the different formulas that fall into this type,” Hess said.

Women and Children’s Services also has the resources to help mothers breastfeed if they can.

Dr. Karen Landers of the Alabama Department of Public Health says WIC is another great resource.

“Our local WIC program will work with this customer one-on-one to obtain a product or comparable product for this child,” Landers said.

Landers says WIC will also work with parents who aren’t part of the local program to point them in the right direction for help.

You can continue Alabama Department of Public Health website to find out if you are eligible for WIC and apply for assistance

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