The Lake Cumberland District Health Department says they are aware that some are struggling to find infant formulas at retailers and advise parents and caregivers not to make homemade infant formulas, due to serious health and safety concerns.
Potential problems with homemade formulas include contamination and the absence or inadequate amounts of critical nutrients. These problems are serious, health department officials say, and the consequences range from severe nutritional imbalances to food-borne illnesses, which can be potentially deadly.
LCDHD recommends parents and caregivers use the WIC Shopper app. The WIC Shopper app instructs on what formulas can be purchased with WIC depending on the assigned food packet.
Participants can also use the in-app barcode scanner to verify products before purchasing. If assistance is needed, participants can also contact their local WIC office.