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DPH: Parents should turn to pediatrician for guidance during baby formula shortage
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The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging parents who are unable to find baby formula to turn to their pediatrician for guidance on nutritional and safe feeding alternatives. 

According to a release by the DPH, Georgia WIC is currently working with WIC agencies across the state, as well as local grocers, retailers and formula manufacturers, to help locate formula for clients. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is offering guidance for parents that are having trouble finding the formula they need. According to the release, the AAP is advising parents to never water down baby formula, but to always mix it as directed by the manufacturer. 

The AAP advises against homemade baby formulas, which can seem healthy but do not meet the baby’s nutritional needs. Baby formula bought online should only be bought from well-recognized distributors and pharmacies, and social media ads should not automatically be trusted. Parents can check a company’s reputation at www.bbb.org

Parents are advised against using imported formulas from other countries that have not been reviewed by the FDA. The AAP is also recommending that parents only prepare the amount of formula they need for each feeding and to buy no more than a 10-day to two-week supply of formula at a time. 

For a complete list of the AAP guidance and tips for finding formula during the shortage, go to healthychildren.org. WIC clients who need help finding formula should contact their local WIC office or call 1-800-228-9173. 

The release added that consumers should beware of price gouging and other scams during the baby formula shortage and report scams or suspected price gouging to the Consumer Protection Division (CPD) by calling 404-651-8600 or 1-800-869-1123. 

“DPH will continue to monitor all information coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and formula manufacturers regarding the shortage and work to ensure Georgia babies have access to food and nutrition they need to grow healthy and strong,” the release said.