Formula Shortages: Where To Buy
Formula shortages are causing undue stress on parents who are already stretched thin with caring for their baby. Here are some places you can turn to for buying formula.
Buy Formula Online
These brands have traditionally been available on Amazon. Given the formula shortages, as long as your baby does not require any special type of formula, and your baby does not have any allergies, it is usually okay to switch between brands of formula as well as the different types of formula. This means if you were previously using powder, but can only find ready to feed, it is okay to switch between the two. Remember that you should always follow the instructions on the package, because diluting formula with water or changing the proportions of it can be very dangerous and even lethal for your baby. Remember to always check with your doctor or baby's pediatrician for personalized medical advice for your child.
See If Your Pediatrician Or Ob-Gyn Has Samples
Formula companies often drop off samples to both ob gyn offices and pediatrician offices. It is possible they may have samples for you to use.
Search Online First Before Picking Up In Store
Many stores, such as Target, will list their local store inventory. You can buy this ahead of time online, and then head to the store to pick it up. This may save you the hassle of going store to store in search of what you are looking for.
Starting Cow's Milk
In Canada, parents generally start cow's milk on their children around 9 to 12 months. This is not a great option for children under 9 months because their gut is not mature enough to handle this. If they are over 9 months, discuss this option with your pediatrician. If you are giving your baby cow's milk, there is an increased concern for iron deficiency anemia, so be sure that your baby has enough iron in their diet.
Want More Detailed Info On The Formula Shortage?
Femhealth's pediatricians have created an educational guide to help parents navigate the formula shortages. You can download it for free here.