May 25, 2022

Resources for Families Amid Infant Formula Shortage

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh have provided information regarding the baby formula shortage and guidelines for families who need to find alternatives.


Supply chain disruptions and a major recall of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare powdered infant formula due to Cronobacter and Salmonella bacteria have resulted in the shortage of formula for families who need it to feed their infants.

Appropriate nutrition is important for babies younger than age one, as they need the correct balance of nutrients to maintain their rapid growth and development. Breast milk contains these; formulas are specially designed to best mimic this and meet the needs.

Families can review the following to become more informed about this shortage:

Image: An early learning professional holds a baby in her arms, with one hand gently caressing the child's head.