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How should parents who can't find formula feed their babies?

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For parents who can't get their hands on their babies' usual formula products, pediatricians and maternal health experts have some advice on do's and don'ts amid the shortage.For most babies who don't have special needs and are six months or older, whole cow's milk is a safe alternative to formula as long as it is only used as a substitute for a short period of time, according to Dr. Steven Abrams, a professor of pediatrics at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. "Unless a baby is on specialty formula, most ingredients are similar," said Jackee Haak, a lactation-care provider who is on the board of directors for the United States Lactation Consultant Association. Barriers make that challenging."The Human Milk Banking Association of North America, made up of 30 nonprofit milk banks across the U.S. and Canada, is urging more women to donate their own breast milk, which is distributed to local milk banks and pharmacies and made available to parents in need.Typically, parents seeking donated breast milk for their babies can get a prescription from their pediatrician."Milk banks receive donations, they process it and do a lot of testing and pasteurize it, then they freeze it and are able to distribute it," Natalia Summerville, a breast milk and formula expert and lecturer at Duke University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said. Usually it is provided at no cost to families who need it."A lot of moms that have more than enough milk to feed their own babies and have a surplus are willing to contribute it for social good," Summerville said.Look for support groups on social media websites such as Facebook that are dedicated to helping parents find formula through crowdsourcing.

As said here by Megan Cerullo