Due to the recent recall, in the wake of which came a shortage of some infant formulas parents are scrambling to find suitable alternatives. Do you know of any?

If you are a mom who breastfeeds your infants, they should continue nursing. Exclusively breastfeeding during the first six months of life is the most nutritious diet and protection against health risks for infants.

Between 6 and 12 months old, mom’s milk needs to be supplemented with the gradual addition of solid food. The young ones are at their best with cow’s milk around one year old.

Due to a variety of reasons there are many infants from birth to 12 months need infant formula to satisfy their nutritional requirements at this crucial time in life. What can parents do if there is no formula available?

One thing is for certain according to authorities from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Don’t make or feed your baby homemade formula. There is a high possibility that homemade formulas be deficient in essential nutrients or have an imbalance of vital ingredients that could have serious adverse consequences.

It is also not advisable to dilute the formula with water in order to extend its life Experts say. In the case of an imbalance, too much water and a deficiency of essential nutrients could cause potentially dangerous seizures as well as other complications for infants.

While most infant formulas are created using cow’s milk that’s been specially processed to look like breast milk however, it’s not a good option to use regular cow’s milk with formula, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Prior to the age of 1 year it is high in protein, and could cause kidney damage in young children. This is why they suggest formula instead of cow’s dairy during the first 12 months of your life.

What are the options when formula is not in stock? Here are some options:

Talk to your child’s doctor. They might have some formula left or may be able to advise you on an alternative safe formula at this time.

Visit your nearest food pantry, your local public health department or WIC (Women Infants, Women, and Children) office to get assistance.

If your child is getting close to one year old, then formulas for toddlers might be a suitable option. Talk to your pediatrician before but.

In the event of a crisis it is recommended that in a pinch, AAP just recently (and cautiously) approved cow’s-milk for a short period of duration (not more than a week) for infants who are between 7 and 12 months of age. Because cow’s milk doesn’t contain the same amount of iron as infant formula, be sure that your baby is fed lots of iron-rich foods, like meat and iron-fortified cereals, according to the experts.

Soymilk that is enriched with vitamin D and calcium could be a viable option for babies who are less than 1 year old but, it is not recommended for more than a week. Beware of almond or other plant-based milks but they’re too lacking in protein and other essential nutrients for infant’s health.

(Barbara Intermill ) is an registered nutritionist and dietitian, as well as syndicated columnist. She is the writer of “Quinn-Essential Nutrition The Science of Eating: The Basics of eating.” Email her at [email protected])

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