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Baby Formula Shortage

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Find Formula or Breast Milk

We know that formula is hard to find right now. First Things First has gathered resources to help.

Last updated: June 13, 2022


Call local resources. Contact local food pantries, food banks or your pediatrician’s office to find formula.

Call your local WIC clinic for assistance if you are unable to locate infant formula provided through WIC. You may also contact the AZ WIC Shopper Helpline at 866-927-8390. The helpline is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You also can email staff members who can help connect you with alternative infant formulas at

Use imported formula. The FDA has issued this helpful infographic, Tips for Preparing Imported Infant Formula. Remember, imported formula measurements are going to be in metric units. Caregivers need to read the preparation information as the measurements and instructions are different and water to formula ratios are different.

Check with a milk bank to see what is available.

Check social media groups. There are groups dedicated to infant feeding and formula, and members may have ideas for where to find formula. Make sure to check any advice with your pediatrician.

Donate formula or breast milk

Anyone with unopened, unexpired formula should contact their local food pantry, food bank or your pediatrician’s office to donate.

If you are interested in donating breast milk, here’s info on how to become a donor.

Steps to donate breast milk


Because babies need a specific balance of nutrients, do not:

  • Water down your formula.
  • Make your own formula.
  • Give your baby cow milk or goat milk before contacting your pediatrician.
  • Purchase more than you need for the next month. Instead, leave it for the next mother or caregiver looking for formula to feed their baby.

Make sure you talk to your pediatrician’s office for assistance on how to best meet your child’s nutritional needs.

You can find more guidance and information from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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