Feeding Your Baby While Dealing With COVID-19
Updated: Mar 18
Breastfeeding women are encouraged to continue to breastfeed their babies, or provide pumped milk, even if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for infants and babies. If you have questions about breastfeeding, please reach out to us.
CDC Regarding Pregnancy & Breastfeeding - shorturl.at/BTU15
It has come to the attention of the Coalition that some families, understandably feeling the stress of the potential economic impact of COVID-19, combined with limited supplies on the baby aisles of some of our local grocery stores, may be considering online options for “homemade baby formula.” We urge you to resist the temptation. Our retailers are constantly restocking shelves with products and if supplies are not available today, they may be tomorrow or within the next few days.
Alanna Dixon, the Coalition’s International Board Certified Lactation Consultant reminds parents that babies require a specific balance of vitamins and nutrients to thrive. Using a homemade formula is not advised, as indicated in the article linked below. If you are not able to find the type of formula your baby needs, look for generic brands as they can be substituted in an emergency situation, even if not the exact brand to which your baby is most accustomed. Also, please check online retailers, to see if the specific formula can be ordered. In emergency situations, the Coalition may be able to assist you short term.
"Is Homemade Baby Formula Safe?" - shorturl.at/bNY47
As we all work through some of these unexpected challenges in the weeks or months ahead, we urge you to plan ahead for your baby’s nutritional needs to the extent possible. Apply for WIC, a nutritional program for women, infants and children, if not currently enrolled through the Monroe County Health Department to determine eligibility for assistance. For help in obtaining referrals to helpful resources for infants or emergency assistance, please phone the Coalition at (305) 293-8424, or contact us through social media on Facebook & Instagram @flkeyshealthystart.