Your baby has to eat!
Whether you are breastfeeding parent or a formula feeding parent, your baby has got to eat. The formula shortage is affecting everyone. Mommies around the country are struggling to feed their babies. That is not ok. Babies should not go hungry. Thankfully, there are numerous organizations that are working to find solutions. Below, you will find numerous resources on how and where to find formula.
Top resources to find formula
The Free Formula Exchange
The Free Formula Exchange is a “nationwide mutual aid network connecting families who need formula to people who are willing to donate.” On the site, parents can select whether they want to “donate” or “I am in need.” Paid transactions are not allowed! Formula is provided completely FREE. Created by Keiko Zoll, the website is run and supported by donations. If you are able to support, there is a link to donate to the organizations GoFundMe. In addition, there are links to congress where you can use your voice to advocate for change.
Health and Human Services
The Health and Human Services Department has several listed sources to aid in finding formula.
Connect with Community Resources:
- Locate your local Community Action Agency. There, they can help you find formula or local agencies that may have some in stock.
- Call 211, The United Way can help you find a community affiliate that can direct you towards a local food bank and donation centers that may have formula.
- Find an accredited milk bank.
If formula is unavailable, you can search the milk bank for safe breast milk donations in your area.
Lastly, check with your local food bank, churches or shelters.
Contact the brands
Often times, the brands responsible for the production of formula may be a valuable resource. There are often coupons or free samples provided when you us their sites.
- Abbot Nutrition
Check your local drug stores or smaller chain grocery stores
Due to slow foot traffic, these stores may have a better supply compared to larger franchises. You can always call ahead to see what they have in stock.
Ask your pediatrician
In addition to the resources above, communicate with your pediatrician about your child’s needs.
If your child is at the approved age for solids, you can supplement with baby food or table food.
Most doctors’ offices have samples as well. Like hospitals, formula companies may leave samples for parents to try.
Use your community
Facebook has many communities to support mommies on a mission to find formula. Check for local Mothers Helping Mothers groups. There, you may find formula, baby items and sometimes breast milk.
One thing is true about Mommies, we will come together for our babies.
Use your voice. Advocate to your local government and abroad to let them know it is unacceptable for children to go hungry.
We hope that these resources were helpful. If you have any other formula resources, please let us know in our comments so that we can add them to our blogs.
Wishing you the best on this Mommi journey