It started with supply chain issues, and then a recall hit.
Families in Virginia and across the country are struggling as the hunt baby formula intensifies — with no end in sight, according to some experts.
Here’s what you can do if you find yourself in a pinch:
Identify if your formula is affected by the recall
- The first two digits of the code are 22 through 37 and
- The code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, and
- The expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.
- Products should be checked by lot number here to see if they are included in the recall.
- DO NOT use recalled formula or throw away formula cans
Can’t find your normal formula?
- Check online to see if you can purchase right from the retailer
- Amazon does sell baby formula, but health experts warn to be wary of third-party sellers and urge parents to buy directly from the retailer if possible
Contact your physician if...
- Your infant is experiencing any of the following: poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice, grunting breaths, abnormal movements, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.
Still can’t find your usual formula? Here are some substitutes that are WIC approved
- The Virginia Department of Health has released a full list of temporary formula substitutions that have been approved by WIC. Note that Isomil, NeoSure and all concentrated liquids and ready-to-feeds have not been affected by this recall.
- You can see the full list of substitutes here
Here’s what you shouldn’t do, according to health experts...
- Make your own formula
- Over-dilute formula
- Feed your baby cow’s milk or cow’s milk substitutes if they are under one year old