AUSTIN (KXAN) – U.S. families have faced shortages of baby food in recent months, fueled by both long-term supply disruptions and unsanitary conditions that forced an Abbott Industries factory to close in February.
According to a press release, the city of Austin has partnered with organizations supported by the Community Resilience Trust to share information about the shortage and educate families about resources.
CRT, Maternal Health Equity Collaborative, Giving Austin Labor Support, Austin Doula Care, Any Baby Can, El Buen Samaritano, Austin Area Urban League and Gladiator Consulting are included in the initiative, the release said.
On Friday, the city and CRT distributed an informational flyer to parents showing ways to feed a baby and reminding parents to do so Don’t use homemade formula. The flyer also directs parents to resources related to babies’ nutritional needs.
With concerns about babies not meeting their nutritional needs, Austin Public Health has made a separate effort to provide for eligible families through neighborhood services food supplies, the press release said.
Here are some other resources for families looking for formulas, according to the city’s release:
- Mom’s Place Breastfeeding Support Centeroperates as a clinic and training center where mothers can receive breastfeeding support from qualified nurses and lactation consultants. Appointments can be arranged by phone512-972-6700and a toll-free breastfeeding hotline is available by phone1-800-514-6667 .
- family connectssupports families after the birth of a newborn. Nurses are available for home visits to measure newborn and maternal health and assess strengths and needs to connect the family to community resources. For more information, call 512-225-0363 or email [email protected]
Specify the WIC options
The Texas WIC offers formula options to help families in need. Please note that these options are only available to WIC customers. parents canRegister onlineto become a customer.
WIC customers can go to www.TexasWIC.orgto find the list of alternative brands available to them if they cannot find their brand at the grocery store. This list is updated daily. You can also contact your local WIC office for assistance.