BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Families in Baton Rouge are suffering from the nationwide baby formula shortage. The Louisiana Department of Health spoke about what parents can do.

In response to the national shortage of baby formula, the Louisiana Department of Health is issuing tips to families dealing with this crisis.

“We understand from our position that this is a difficult time and people are scared and frustrated and rightly so,” said Director of Bureau Nutrition Services Jennifer Nicklas.

Formula manufacturers say this is due to supply chain issues and recalls on brands like Similac Advance, Spit-Up, and more. Nicklas said there are things families can do.

Rather it be another name brand in the grocery stores or another store brand that’s available so generic brands or to look at other shopping options. So besides just going to larger chain stores look at smaller stores, drug stores and pharmacies, online shopping. And working directly with manufacturers,” said Nicklas.

It is essential that parents do not switch to non-formula options or try methods to stretch the current formula.

“We want to avoid is switching to non-formula products like cow’s milk or plant-based milk,” said Nicklas. “We absolutely do not recommend that. We also don’t recommend making your own formula or watering down formulas to make it stretch.”

An organization named the Resistance in Baton Rouge partnered with manufacturers to give free formula to those who need it.

“We have formula and diapers for young mothers at no charge. So, they can come in from 8 to 1:30 Monday through Friday,” said Radell Norman the executive director and owner of The Resistance.

If you or someone you know needs formula, you can go to 11353 Greenwell Springs Rd Suite, A5 for assistance.

Nicklas says it is normal for the baby to be fussy and gassy at first after changing what the baby has become accustomed to but if you have any questions, you should talk to your pediatrician.