ILCA’s Statement on Commercial Infant Milk Formula Shortage
The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) shares parents’ concerns who are struggling with shortages of commercial infant milk formula, primarily in the United States, and is aware that shortages may extend to other countries. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLCs®) understand the worry of not meeting the nutritional requirements to feed an infant. IBCLCs are a skilled lactation resource that may be helpful for some families in this situation. If a parent is partially breastfeeding, an IBCLC may be able to help the parent increase milk production to meet the child’s nutritional needs further. In some instances, an IBCLC may help a parent re-lactate or re-establish milk production. An IBCLC can provide general information about the formula and option of feeding donor human milk. IBCLCs are committed to supporting all parents’ feeding choices and safe infant feeding practices. Furthermore, ILCA strongly objects to any price gouging for commercial milk formula during this shortage.
For more information and guides to help you and your client, please visit ILCAs Emergency Page.