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Health department officials say help coming during formula shortage

Officials also urge parents not make formula at home
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Published: May. 19, 2022 at 3:45 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The Peoria City/County Health Department is stepping in to help concerned parents during the nationwide shortage of baby formula.

Officials are advising parents to not “stretch out” the formula or try to make it themselves.

They also ask parents not to hoard it.

Heart of Illinois ABC reported Monday that the Crittenton Centers in Peoria has formula for parents who need it.

The health department says they’re in contact with the state about receiving more product.

“I realize that this is a scary time,” said Michelle Compton,child and family health coordinator for Peoria County. “If you are stockpiling formula or having several weeks or months’ worth of formula, that is formula that is sitting in a pantry that could really be used by a child that needs it that day.”

In Illinois, Mead Johnson, headquartered in Chicago, has increased their production by about 60 percent.

In Michigan, the Abbot plant is expected to reopen in the next few weeks.

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