Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H.,
Director of Health
Learn more about infant formula, the recent shortage, and find product recalls.
We are continuing to navigate through the issues related to the nationwide infant formula shortage. If you have any questions, check with your baby’s physician or healthcare provider, especially if your baby is on a restricted diet or has any medical conditions. Learn more:
Here are some tips if your formula is hard to find:
If your baby is 6 to 12 months of age and has no health or dietary problems, you may feed your baby cow’s milk for short periods until you can obtain proper formula. This recommendation is for urgent situations only and should not be done for a prolonged period. Do not feed your baby any plant-based milks as they lack many key nutrients.
If you are still pregnant but will deliver soon, please give extra consideration to breastfeeding. Most women can breastfeed, and you are likely to avoid the formula shortage altogether. For more information, see below.
If your child needs a special formula, please contact their health provider for recommendations for comparable formula to use. If you are still unable to find a specialty formula, contact the manufacturer:
Find information about formula recalls:
Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of certain lots of 2 fl oz/59 ml bottles of ready-to-feed liquid products. These products are being recalled because a small percentage of bottles in the recalled lots have bottle caps that may not have sealed completely, which could result in spoilage. If spoiled product is consumed, gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting could result.
In the U.S., certain lots of Similac 360 Total Care, Similac 360 Total Care Sensitive, Similac Special Care 24, Similac Pro-Total Comfort, Similac NeoSure, Pedialyte Electrolyte Solution. Additional products were distributed to other countries as well.
WIC clients may be affected by the Similac Special care 24 and NeoSure recall. Call your WIC office with questions.
Lyons Magnus has expanded the voluntary recall to include the following products:
The recall is due to potential microbial contamination including from the organisms Cronobacter sakazakii and Clostridium botulinum. If you/your child is experiencing any related symptoms or illness please immediately contact your medical provider.
The impacted products are within a select number of lots.
There is a recall of potentially affected infant formula products, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare powdered formulas. Do not to use Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare or one lot of Similac PM 60/40 powdered infant formulas if:
To see if your powdered formula is part of the recall, visit this website or call Abbott Customer Service at 1-800-986-8540.
If your infant formula is affected by the recall, do not use it! If you are a WIC participant, find more information on the WIC page about the steps you can take.
For more information, see FDA Investigation page.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, here are some steps you can take to ensure the safety of your infant’s formula:
Breast milk is a great source of nutrition for your baby. It can also reduce the risk for certain health conditions for both infants and mothers.
Following recommended storage and preparation techniques can maintain the safety and quality of expressed breast milk for the baby’s health. Learn more about Proper Storage and Preparation of Breast Milk.
If you are interested in starting to breastfeed and/or increasing your breastmilk production, speak with a breastfeeding expert. Your health care provider can provide a referral or you can search for a lactation consultant from the United States Lactation Consultant Association or the International Lactation Consultant Association.
Additional support and information is available in Virginia from:
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