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Baby formula shortage: What you need to know

Baby formula shortage: What you need to know

In February, the manufacturer of Similac®, Alimentum® and EleCare® issued a voluntary recall for some of their baby formula products.

While Abbott has increased formula production at their other facilities, retailers are experiencing shortages of formula products.

Below are some tips to find formula at local retailers:

  • Visit the Similac website and click on the 'Find a Retailer' link to find stores that carry Abbott formula products.
  • Visit websites for pharmacy and grocery retailers (Walgreen's, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Target, Giant, Weis, etc.) to see real-time availability at their locations.
  • Some retailers are rationing formula products. While the shelf may be empty, they may have a supply behind the counter or in the back storage area. Ask a store employee or manager.
  • Look for an alternative formula product. Refer to our guide for safe feeding alternatives.
  • Consider breastfeeding for your baby. WellSpan offers many breastfeeding support services, including help for mothers considering relactation to start lactating and breastfeeding again. Learn more about WellSpan's breastfeeding services. 
  • Additional tips are available from the American Academy of Pediatrics on their website.

As a reminder, please follow safe feeding guidelines for your baby.

Do NOT switch to other milk alternatives (cow, goat or non-dairy milk, such as soy, oat, almond, rice, hemp, cashew or coconut milks). Only feed your baby breastmilk or infant formula.

Do NOT add more water to your baby's formula to make it last longer. This is very dangerous and may result in severe illness and death.

Do NOT use a homemade formula. Only feed your baby breastmilk or infant formula.

An updated Frequently Asked Question document is available, here.