Safe substitute brands, donor breastmilk

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you should never feed homemade formula to babies or water down the formula.
  • Amid the ongoing baby formula shortage, parents are looking for alternatives.
  • Switching formula brands and / or seeking out donor breastmilk banks are among safe options.
  • You should never dilute your formula or try homemade recipes.

Amid an ongoing infant formula shortagecountless parents in need are scrambling for alternatives.

If you’re searching for a safe substitute for your regular baby formula, switching formula brands or turning to breastmilk donation banks may be among the best options. But you should never dilute formula or try a homemade recipe, experts warn.

“As a pediatrician, I’m getting phone calls and emails and even messages on social media from scared parents across the country,” Dr. Tanya Altmannwho practices in Southern California, told USA TODAY.

Nearly 40% of popular baby formula brands were sold out at retailers across the country at the end of April, according to a recent analysis by Datasembly – worsening the shortage from 31% two weeks prior.

On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration said that it is “doing everything in our power” to improve the supply of baby formula.

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