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  • Writer's pictureBecky Franzen

Are you effected by the formula shortage?

As an IBCLC (International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant), it is frustrating to know that many parents are facing a crisis of how to feed their baby. If you are one of the many parents affected by this crisis, please know that help is available! I am here to support you, whether you are breastfeeding, pumping, formula-feeding or doing a combination of those things. What can you do about the formula shortage? 1. If you are pregnant, take a prenatal breastfeeding class and learn how breastfeeding/pumping can work for you. (I am offering a class on Saturday, May 21st at Statera Integrated). 2. If you are pregnant with baby number 2 and breastfeeding didn't work for you the first time, please reach out. Many, many times moms are not offered adequate support and things can be done to have a different outcome with your next baby. 3. If your baby is already here and you are breastfeeding or pumping and need help maximizing your supply, please reach out! Help is available. 4. If you are breastfeeding or pumping and have excess milk, consider donating to a mom in need. TLC Facebook group is a great place to connect with moms. 5. If you have formula samples that you've received, consider donating them to other families.

If you are one of the many parents affected: 1. Talk to your doctor. They may have samples available or know of other resources for you. 2. Consider making the switch to a different brand or generic brand of formula. Most formulas are nutritionally the same. 3. Do not stretch formula by adding water! This alters the nutritional content and can make your baby sick. 4. Apply for WIC. This is a great program and many people do not realize that they qualify. Contact your local public health department. 5. Look for formula in smaller stores instead of just big box stores. 6. Do not use goat milk, rice milk, soy milk, almond milk, etc. in place of formula. It does not have the same nutrients your baby needs. 7. If you know a friend or family member who is breastfeeding, ask if they have extra milk they would be willing to share. I am available to support you. For general questions, please email me at To schedule an appointment, please call 563-207-8932 or visit us online. Here for you, Becky Franzen, IBCLC

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