SDDOH provides tips for baby formula alternatives

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health released tips Friday to help ensure parents can access safe formula alternatives as a result of the national formula shortage.

Abbott Laboratories voluntarily issued a recall of powdered formulas including Similac Advance, Similac Total Comfort, Similac for Spit-Up, Similac Sensitive, Similac Alimentum, Similac EleCare and Similac PM 60/40 that were manufactured in Sturgis, Michigan.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to consider the following tips to ensure infants are fed properly:

  • Call the HelpLine Center at 211 to locate food distribution sites in your area that may have formula.
  • Unless your baby is on a specialized formula for medical needs, consider using a different formula brand, including store brand.
  • To increase breast milk supply contact your local Community Health Offices – SDDOH and work with a breastfeeding expert.
  • Do not feed your baby cow’s milk, goat’s milk, or other non-dairy milk until 1 year old, unless approved by your child’s pediatrician. These do not provide adequate nutrition for infants.
  • Do not make homemade infant formula or watered-down formula. There are serious health and safety concerns.
  • Do not buy formula online that comes from outside the U.S., which could be counterfeit. National efforts are underway to secure safe, imported formula for US retailers.
  • Pay close attention to online retailers if purchasing formula. Make sure they are a legitimate, safe source and a verified seller of formula, especially with a possible increase of online scammers.
  • Talk to your pediatrician about introducing complementary foods at six months or when showing signs of readiness.
  • Purchase only the formula you need and do not stockpile. This will help make sure others have access to formula for their infants and allow manufacturers and retailers time to restock shelves.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says to make sure the formula is not expired, the container is sealed and in good condition and that it is not labeled for toddlers. More information can be found here.

The SDDOH continues to work with SD WIC nutrition program participants on the issue, and they have information on temporary alternative formula options, and ways to ensure infants are fed safely.

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