Please note, this post is not intended to promote formula feeding over breast feeding. It is intended to help babies be fed in the wake of COVID-19. Please be kind and limit comments.
We all know breast feeding / breast milk is best, but in some cases it is not possible to provide this "liquid gold" for a plethora of reasons. Formulas can step-in to provide nutrition for a growing human, but what happens when the formula is not available? Due to frightened Americans buying formula in bulk, families are struggling to find formula to feed their infants. I understand the fear and current state-of-mind of the populous, but what we are not helping the situation and limiting some families abilities to find the food they need to feed their baby.
I have heard many stories of mothers crying in the middle of the store because this is their (insert number here) store they have been to and cannot find the formula they need. Some mothers are even considering making their own formula, which is completely unsafe.
If you happen to be in this situation, here are some steps you can take:
If your child is between 4-6 months, has good head control, lost their tongue thrust, and is showing an interest in your foods, it might be time to start trying solid foods with approval from your pediatrician. Although infants derive most of their nutrition from breast milk or formula up until the age of one, eating solids will eventually lesson the amount of formula you will need to give.
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