DPH tips and resources to navigate the formula supply shortage


DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Division of Public Health provides tips to families in the first state struggling to find formula due to the shortage.

The shortage is caused by supply chain issues and health officials want you to avoid certain practices that could be harmful to your infants health. DPH sent out a letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau to families and maternal child health stakeholders, offering individuals this information to navigate shortages.

For parents and caregivers:

  • Talk with your doctor to discuss best practices for your child.
  • Consider a substitute formula.
  • Check manufacturing sites for availability before going to the store to purchase.

DPH reminds parents/guardians:

  • Do not make or use homemade formula.
  • Never dilute the formula.
  • The formula should be used once the baby is 1 year old.
  • Talk to your doctor.
  • Breastfeed your child.
  • Consideration lactation support if you need additional support.

DPH has also taken steps to help parents as the supply chain issues get resolved nationwide. Visit this site for up-to-date information on Delaware’s response to the infant formula supply chain issues.

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