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Peekskill Pediatrician Shares Tips On Navigating The Formula Shortage

Dr. Vincent Pinedo, MD
Dr. Vincent Pinedo, MD Photo Credit: Sun River Health

With more than 40% of baby formulas out of stock across the United States, Dr. Vincent Pinedo, Pediatric Site Medical Director at the Sun River Health Jeannette J. Phillips Community Health Center in Peekskill, is sharing tips for parents worried about feeding their babies.

Below are a few pieces of expert advice on how to navigate the current baby formula shortage and make sure your baby is healthy and fed.

  • If you cannot find the baby formula you usually buy, talk to your pediatrician about switching brands. It is safe for most healthy babies to switch to any FDA-approved baby formula.
  • Many grocery stores are out of stock of formula, but try shopping at other stores, such as convenience stores, bodegas, local pharmacies, or baby specialty stores.
  • Try looking for formula online using the Instacart app or visiting the websites of big-box stores such as Costco, Wegmans, or Walmart.
  • If you are running low on formula, do not dilute it with water. Babies need a certain amount of nutrients, and diluting formula could lead to serious brain health issues for your baby.
  • Do not make your own baby formula. It is very hard for parents to make it with the right amount of protein and minerals that your baby needs.
  • If you can breastfeed, give it a try. You can also find a safe, local breastmilk bank to purchase breastmilk through the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.
  • Talk to your pediatrician about introducing some solid foods to your baby’s diet if your baby is over six months of age. Some good solids to start with include fortified cereal and mashed bananas or avocado
  • Avoid baby formula substitutes, including cow’s milk, unless your child is over one year old.

Vincent Pinedo, MD is a pediatrician and the Pediatrics Site Medical Director at Sun River Health Jeannette J. Phillips in Peekskill. A graduate of the SUNY Health Science Center at the Brooklyn School of Medicine, he went on to complete his internship and residency in pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining Sun River Health, he served patients at Goleta Neighborhood Health Clinic in Goleta, California, Valley Children’s Healthcare in Bakersfield, California, and Comprehensive Pediatrics in Brooklyn, New York.