The ongoing infant formula shortage persists nationwide, including here in Wisconsin.
Though efforts by the U.S. government to alleviate the shortage will help, federal officials say it may take several weeks before new product reaches store shelves. In response, members of the WAPC Board of Directors, WAPC Nutrition Committee, the WisPQC Human Milk Feeding initiative assembled the following Wisconsin specific information and resources for perinatal professionals:
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Statement on Shortage of Breastmilk Substitutes is an excellent resource that breaks down guidance based on a various situations in which families may find themselves. The statement also sheds light on the policies and structural issues that led to this crisis.
This shortage exposes racial disparities that persist in regards to breastfeeding rates, leading to the inequity of black families bearing the brunt of this crisis disproportionately.