The federal web page contains manufacturer hotlines, information on community resources, and general tips to help families find a baby formula during a shortage.
WASHINGTON – The Biden administration started Fr. web page Friday with a selection of resources to help families who can’t find it infant formula during the current shortage.
website, HHS.gov/formula, includes hotline manufacturers for Gerber, Abbott and Reckitts. It also has information on public resources such as the United Way 2-1-1 program, Feed America and the Association for Milk Production in North America.
Deficiency of infant formula is the result of supply chain disruptions and withdrawals by Abbott due to pollution problems. The recall, in particular, will destroy many of the brands covered by WIC, a federal program such as food stamps that cater to women, babies and children, although the program now allows brand substitutes.
Speaking about the new HHS website, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said The Biden Administration encourages states to make it easier for WIC recipients to buy formulas of different sizes that may not currently benefit.
President Joe Biden also spoke Thursday with producer leaders Reckitt and Gerber on how they can increase production and how its administration can help. And he talked to leaders Walmart and Target about how to replenish shelves.
For families eligible for WIC, the HHS website recommends that they contact their local WIC office if they cannot find a mixture.
The site also emphasizes that parents should not dilute formula, try to prepare their own formula or use infant formula to feed infants.
“While homemade formula recipes that are distributed online may seem healthy or less expensive, they are not safe and do not meet your child’s nutritional needs. Infant deaths have been reported as a result of the use of some homemade formulas. ” The American Academy of Pediatrics warned parents on its website.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.