Lactation education

Lactation counselors look at solutions to formula shortages

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) – According to the Infant Nutrition Council of America, 60% of parents said include formula milk in their infant’s diet during the first six months of life. It can totally or partially replace breast milk in an infant’s diet. Once they are past 6 months, the need for formula milk may increase. Now with almost 30% formula milk out of stock across the country, parents are concerned.

Judy Swoboda, a local lactation consultant and registered nurse, says she has worked with infants in the Bryan College Station area for 30 years. But, now more than ever, she has work to do.

“I got a lot more questions because moms want to breastfeed because of this formula shortage,” Swoboda said. “We are very lucky in our community that our two hospitals that deliver babies have lactation consultants on staff.”

On social media, some home remedies for feeding a baby are circulating, including corn syrup and goat’s milk.

According to American Food and Drug Association, The potential problems associated with incorrect selection and combination of formula ingredients are very serious and range from serious nutritional imbalances to unsafe products that can harm infants. Because of these potentially very serious health issues, the FDA does not recommend that consumers make infant formula at home.

“It’s very risky,” Swoboda said. “Don’t try to make any type of homemade formula, don’t try to dilute the formula, talk to your doctor and see what they recommend and contact a lactation consultant.”

Swoboda said there are many lactation experts and resources, including the one she works with, BCS lactation consultantsit can help a new mom start breastfeeding and increase milk supply for those who need it.

But she said there is a percentage of the population that is unable to breastfeed at all. Swoboda said this can be solved by using donated milk and mothers who produce more can help.

“If you produce a lot of milk, see if you can give milk. That’s another good thing you can do during this process,” she said.

Swoboda encourages parents seeking milk donations to contact Breast milk bank in Austin.

Moms Milk BCS also helps lactating mothers in the area. Lactation consultant Kimberly Hill said she encourages people looking for donor milk to use Eat on the feet Texas. This connects mothers who have plenty of milk with those who need it. La Leche League is another local resource that can help mothers find resources for infants.

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