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Our Top Baby Formula Shortage and Chest/Breastfeeding Resources for You

Healthy Horizons is ready to provide resources and education around your options during this infant formula shortage. We cover everything from organizations, breastfeeding options that are safe and meet your baby's nutritional needs. We will continue to update the resources we've created and found, curating a one-stop space for new parents to get the most relevant information.

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What to Do During the Infant Formula Shortage

It’s a stressful time for parents as the United States faces an infant formula shortage. Our very own Sheila Janakos, MPH, IBCLC and CEO of Healthy Horizons advises new parents on how to source and/or find alternative options that are safe and meet your baby’s nutritional needs.

1. The only foods that are nutrition complete for infants are human milk and FDA approved infant formula (in the USA).

Meeting Your Baby's Nutritional Needs During the Formula Crisis

It's also a time of many adjustments. Learning to care for that little bundle can be a struggle, and the recent formula shortages have not helped one bit.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive chest/breastfeeding for the first six months and continuing for up to a year or longer. Human milk is the perfect food for your baby - easy to digest, allergen friendly (you can control exposure based on removing items from your own diet), and tailored specifically to your baby's exact nutritional and developmental needs.

Our Video Resources for the Infant Formula Crisis

What to Do During the Baby Formula Shortage | Tips & Resources from an IBCLC: Ask Sheila!

Baby Formula Shortage: Tips & Resources | KCBS Interview Clips

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Want to Know More About to Relactating?

Many people don’t know that it may be possible to increase your milk supply or bring your milk supply back in.

This is called relactating. It involves frequent breast stimulation with a hospital grade pump and possibly bringing your baby back to the chest/breast.

Professional hospital grade pumps can be rented here. Seek guidance from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) to help with a plan. These are some products that can help as you work to relactate:

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Ameda Comfort Gel Pad Pair
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Milkmakers Lactation Cookie Bites - Healthy Horizons Breastfeeding Centers, Inc.
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Motherlove Nipple Cream
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Lansinoh Stay Dry Nursing Pads - Healthy Horizons Breastfeeding Centers, Inc.

Your Workplace and Lactation 

How Your Workplace Can Help in the Formula Shortage

Need time and a safe place to pump at work? 

Become familiar with the workplace breastfeeding laws in your state. Even if your state doesn’t have specific workplace breastfeeding laws, don’t worry, you are still protected. Check out our resource for comparing state and federal laws.

Does your workplace have a designated safe and comfortable place to pump? 

Healthy Horizons provides world class corporate lactation rooms for Fortune 100 companies and many other workplaces across North America. Contact us for an expert lactation room assessment, mothers room design and installation, lactation equipment, furnishings and services. 

Remember: Human milk or infant formula provides a nutritional foundation for the baby’s growing brain. It’s an important building block for the baby’s first year. The baby’s brain grows for three years! Feeding the baby the proper nutrition during this time is critical.

If you have more questions, please visit the lactation consultations portion of our website on Our Breastfeeding Consultations take place under the care of trained healthcare professionals who are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®). Professionals specializing in the clinical management of breastfeeding, our lactation consultants are experts in the fields of human lactation and breastfeeding counseling.

Other Healthy Horizons Videos to Support Your Journey

How to Breastfeed: Best Position Latch & Heal Cracked Nipples | Breastfeeding Questions Answered

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No matter where you are on your feeding journey, Healthy Horizons is here to help. Together we will get through this current crisis, and whatever else may come in the future.