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Pediatrician strongly recommends against homemade formula

May 11, 2022, 10:17 PM | Updated: May 12, 2022, 6:51 am

SALT LAKE CITY — The formula shortage is continuing to rock families across the country, and one Utah pediatrician shared what parents should do if they’re in a bind.

KSL TV’s Morgan Wolfe checked in at a Smith’s in Salt Lake City and most of their formula was gone, but there were some brands leftover.

Dr. Darin Bosworth with Wasatch Pediatrics South Point said the best thing people can do is call them for help.

“Babies and making sure they have adequate nutrition is super important,” Bosworth said.

It’s part of Bosworth’s job – and in his 21 years, he’s never seen a formula shortage.

“We know there are dangers to using a formula, whether it is homemade or hasn’t been certified for use in our country.”

There have been some people sharing homemade formula recipes, which Bosworth doesn’t recommend.

He also said to not water down any formula, and definitely don’t buy any online from a different country.

“One baby became profoundly anemic trying a formula that wasn’t produced in this county,” he said.

What about if your brand of formula is nowhere to be found?

“You can try different brands,” he said. “Most babies can tolerate different brands.”

And if you are having trouble finding any formula – your pediatrician should have resources to connect you to get some.

One organization Dr. Bosworth noted is Woman Infant Children (WIC).

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