Lessons Learned from a Formula Shortage

(Always consult with your pediatrician before changing anything for your baby.)

The formula shortage has really taken a toll on a lot of lives. Parenthood is stressful enough. Is my baby going to sleep throughout the night tonight? Is my baby gassy? Will my baby walk when she is supposed to? Will my baby reach milestones when she is supposed to? You never expect to have to worry “will my baby have food to eat?”

Here are some tips and tricks from a momma who is dealing with the formula shortage struggle:

  1. Only be picky if you have to (baby can’t tolerate, baby gets sick, baby is allergic, etc.)
  2. Generic options are OK
  3. Don’t thin out with extra water to save and conserve the formula
  4. Call your pediatrician’s office – more than likely they have tons of samples
  5. Ask close family and friends to keep their eye out and purchase when possible … offer to Venmo ahead of time if money may be an issue
  6. If possible, introduce foods more often during the day that baby can tolerate (following age guidelines, etc.)
  7. If it hasn’t been too long, give breastfeeding another try. If you can’t produce or your baby does not tolerate it, do NOT let anyone make you feel bad. 
  8. Ask your pediatrician about any local wet nurses or breastmilk banks
  9. While cheaper and easier to find, cows milk is not an option until baby is over 12 months
  10. Note – there is a limit per customer. Be prepared for that!
  11. Not all formulas are FDA approved. Always check for that!
  12. If shelves are empty, ask a customer service person or the pharmacy if there may be any in the back.
  13. Ask the store manager when supply shipments are due to come in

More importantly, and it’s easier said than done … DO NOT STRESS! Stress is a mom’s middle name. Always know there are options. Your pediatrician will ensure you and your baby are well taken care of!

We are in this together, mommas (and daddies)! 

My name is Erika Lockhart and I am married to my best friend and favorite pain in the butt, Chris. We have two children - our boy, Zane, who is 5 years old going on 21, and Finnley who is our newborn baby girl. We also have two 4 – legged children, Laney – an American Bulldog and Nelson a pit bull/German shepherd mix. I was born and raised in Harvey, on the Bestbank, but now live in Metairie. I am full time employee for a healthcare consulting company where I lead the New Jersey Market in provider engagement efforts from my home office here in NOLA. I enjoy taking vacations, going on road trips, my monthly girls dinner club and my favorite hobby is spending the weekends with our families. Odd facts about me - I love watching Judge Judy, I want to be on jury duty as much as possible and I love doing homework.

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