As the United States continues to experience a shortage of infant formula, New Mexico officials launched a new website on Friday where parents and caregivers of infants can find infant formula supplies.
NMformula.com is intended to provide medically reliable information to families wondering how to ensure their children receive adequate nutrition, Acting Department of Health Secretary David Scrase said in a press release.
“We are committed to supporting New Mexico families during this national formula shortage until it is resolved and would like to remind anyone caring for an infant to understand the need to ensure formula is used in a way that is both accurate and safe for the child,” says Scrase.
The head of the United States Food and Drug Administration Told A Senate committee on Thursday said the U.S. government should consider creating a stockpile of infant formula to avoid the possibility of future shortages.
FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said that in about two months he expects manufacturers to start producing a surplus of infant formula, and when they do, the federal government will have to decide whether to he wants to “maintain this surplus as a government activity for the foreseeable future”. coming.”
The New Mexico website first asks parents and caregivers to contact their local Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) office and provides an interactive map of WIC offices throughout the state.
If they can’t find a formula that way, the state site asks them to call their baby’s pediatrician or provider to see if they have samples in the office or any similar formula that can be more easily available in stores and which is nutritionally similar to that of their baby. typical formula, and to check small stores and pharmacies that have a formula when larger stores do not.
The website says parents and caregivers should not: give formula to infants, dilute formula to make it last longer, or make their own formula.
The site also provides links to the New Mexico Infant Formula Support Networka Facebook group created by the Department of Early Childhood, where people post stock information for specific brands and types of formula and share any excess formula they may have, as well as other resources.
For parents and guardians able to afford child care costs, the state also uses federal funds to pay child care costs. Food program for children and adultswhich provides infant formula to home day care centers and day care centres.
The state’s push to fund infant formula comes two weeks after a Massachusetts mother launched the Free formula exchangea national support network aimed at connecting people who need formula with people who have formula to donate.
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