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The Director of Women’s Health Services at the Med Center discusses; gives advice on finding formula for babies in times of shortage

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) — A nationwide issue that has many moms wondering how they’ll find their baby’s next meal.

With many stores currently sold out or out of stock, some mothers have turned to other ways to provide formula to their children.

“We first learned about this shortage probably several months ago that we could see a dwindling supply of formula,” said Kim Dethridge, director of women’s health services at the Med Center, ” So we started planning ahead here at the hospital, we just wanted to make sure our parents had all the information they needed.”

Recently, videos have also been posted on popular social media sites with recipes for moms to create their own formulas, many of which lack the nutrition needed for a young infant or child.

“There are safety issues with the fact that a lot of these homemade recipes, especially those from the 1960s, don’t have a lot of the nutrients that we’ve been developing in the formula here lately,” Dethridge said.

As for possible alternatives, Dr Dethridge said cow’s milk could be an option for children six months or older.

“Before six months, you don’t want to consider trying to feed your baby cow’s milk, because you may have issues with anemia with your baby. So after six months, you need to talk to your pediatrician about the how you might be able to get that cow’s milk into your baby’s diet,” she said.

Dethridge also recommends not diluting any formula you have. “A lot of parents have asked if it’s okay to like, maybe stretch the powder by diluting it a bit more. And that’s not really a good method of keeping your formula, because what you do, it’s just stretching out the nutrients that this baby needs”.

If you’re having trouble finding what you need, you can go online, but be sure to plan ahead and consider how long it might take to ship.

“Also think outside the box. If you’re on a particular brand that you’ve used, you might know that with your other kids, you might need to consider a different brand and you can switch brands, you just have to be careful with that,” a- she declared. .

Dethridge adds that if you’re considering buying any formula online, be sure to check that it’s FDA-approved.

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