BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Formula shortages continue to plague the country, including right here in Louisiana. It’s leaving families searching for alternative options to keep their babies fed.
After a large manufacturing plant, Abbott, in Michigan paused their production of formula due to a recall, finding the food source has been difficult.
Pediatrician Dr. Amber Medine worries families will turn to unhealthy alternatives to feed their children.
“It is important that it is very dangerous to make your own formula,” Medine said. “Babies less than six months really under any circumstances should not have whole milk, pea milk, almond milk, anything that’s an alternative like that because their kidneys are not mature enough to properly balance their electrolytes and they can end up with a serious injury. We’ve actually seen babies being admitted for being fed almond milk and other plant-based milks as an alternative.”
Medine also warns parents and guardians to not attempt to stretch their supply.
“Stretching formula with water is dangerous because it can lead to electro-light imbalances and some babies have even been admitted to the hospital with low calcium and what’s called low calcium seizures so it could be a little bit more dangerous than you could imagine,” Medine said.
Medine wants parents to know off brands are just as safe and if your child is six months or older, you may have a few more options.
“If they are over six months, the AAP currently recommends that if you are in a mind, need something for a few days, you can give whole milk if your child does not have a milk allergy or any other medical problems,” said Medine.
President Joe Biden gave formula manufacturers priority to receive ingredients.
Senator Bill Cassidy joins other politicians to demand answers from the FDA. They claim the agency’s investigation into Abbott Nutrition’s Michigan facility is inadequate.
Councilwoman Chauna Banks is hosting a free baby formula drive-thru on June 4th at the Jewel J. Newman Community Center, pre-registration is required while supplies last.