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Dos and Don’ts for Handling the Baby Formula Shortage

With the current baby formula shortage, you may feel anxious and be asking yourself: 

“What if I can’t find formula? How am I going to feed my baby?”

We feel for you and your family. Over half of babies are partially fed with formula after 3 months. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working diligently to resolve shortages and improve supply, we want to provide provider-approved options for those struggling to find baby formula right now. 

As long as the situation continues, we recommend the following tips put out by our partner M Health Fairview. 


  • Switch formula brands. Most babies can switch formula brands without difficulty. If you can’t find your usual formula, try a similar formula from a different brand. Store brand formulas are very similar to brand-name formulas. (see chart below)
  • If your baby only takes special formula like Elecare, ask your baby’s doctor for alternatives. EleCare is a hydrolyzed or amino acid formula. 
  • Try ready-to-feed formulas. These are more expensive but usually a little easier to find. 
  • Shop small or online. If you can, try checking smaller stores or online options to buy formula.
  • Contact your local WIC office. They may have additional suggestions. 
  • Check social media groups to see where formulas are available in your area. 


  • Don’t water down formula. Babies need the nutrition in formula. Messing with the instructions can be dangerous for the baby. 
  • Don’t make your own formula. It is not safe and won’t have the nutrition your baby needs. 
  • Don’t get formulas from social media connections or auction sites. They may not be safe.  

To learn more, please check out the FAQ by the American Academy of Pediatrics at www.healthychildren.org

Formula Comparison Chart 

(This list is not all-inclusive but includes many common brands.)



Brand name


Standard infant formula

Enfamil with NeuroPro

Similac – Pro Advance


Enfamil simply organic

Similac organic infant formula

Parent’s Choice – Advantage

Parent’s Choice – Infant

Kirkland Signature – Infant formula

Up & UP Advantage Infant Formula

Gerber Good Start Everyday Probiotics

Mama Bear Infant Milk-Based Formula


Happy Baby – Organic Infant formula

Earth’s Best – Organic Dairy Infant Formula

Burt’s Bees Baby Organic Infant Milk

Mama Bear Organic Infant formula

Happy Baby Organics Infant Formula

“Gentle” Formula

Enfamil Gentlease

Similac – Pro Sensitive

Parent’s Choice – Sensitivity

Parent’s Choice – Gentle

Up & Up – Sensitivity

Up & Up – Gentle

Gerber Good Start Gentle or GentlePro

Mama Bear Gentle Baby Formula

Soy formula

Enfamil ProSobee

Similac Soy Isomil

Gerber Good Start Gentle Soy

Parent’s Choice Soy

Earth’s Best Organic Soy Infant Formula

Mama Bear Soy Formula

Anti-reflux formula

Enfamil A.R. Infant Formula

Similac for Spit up

Hipp Anti-reflux formula

Hypoallergenic formula

Emfamil Nutramigen

Similac Alimentum

Parent’s Choice Hypoallergenic Formula

CVS Hypoallergenic Formula

Well beginnings Hypoallergenic Formula

Mama Bear Hypoallergenic Formula


If you need to find substitutes for the following formulas, please talk to your child’s pediatrician or provider first.

  • EleCare
  • PurAmino DHA & ARA
  • Nutricia Neocate Formula
  • Alfamino Infant formula

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