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Baby Formula Shortage Resources

June 7, 2022

In need of baby formula? Below is a list of resources to help during the shortage, courtesy of the Cambridge Public Health Department: 


  • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued an advisory with resources for Massachusetts families. Also listed are tips to avoid scams and how you can report a scam and/or deceptive business practices related to the baby formula shortage. 
  • Do NOT make homemade baby formula. Homemade formula recipes can be very dangerous for babies since they have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and may lack nutrients vital to an infant’s growth.
  • Do NOT water down formula to stretch it out. Doing this can be extremely dangerous to your baby. Always follow formula label instructions or those given to you by your healthcare provider.
  • Please speak with your baby’s doctor before switching your child to toddler formula, dairy milk, or plant-based milk such as soy or rice milk. While this is not recommended before a child's first birthday, your baby’s doctor can help you make the best choice for your child in light of the current situation.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your baby’s doctor.

Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Public Information Officer

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