Formula Shortage Resources | Department of Public Health … – Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

The State of Colorado recognizes that the nationwide shortage of infant and toddler formula means that many Colorado families are concerned about finding appropriate food for their children. We share that concern and are in regular communication with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, formula manufacturers, and community partners statewide to provide Coloradans with the latest guidance and resources. 
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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is committed to helping families access healthy, nutritious food. Many Colorado families, including approximately 60,000 on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in Colorado, are impacted by the nationwide infant formula shortage, particularly those who need specialty formulas. Colorado WIC is talking with grocery stores and formula manufacturers to track inventory and purchasing limits across the state.
Updated information about the formula supply can be found on the alert page at
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Parents/guardians who are enrolled in WIC and struggling to find infant formula should contact their local
WIC agency directly.
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Anyone who would like to enroll can apply online.
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For more information about WIC, including food benefits during and after pregnancy and available resources for both breast/chest feeding and formula feeding, visit

On May 26, Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order declaring a disaster emergency due to the nationwide infant formula shortage and making emergency funds immediately available to support the free distribution of donor human milk across Colorado. 
This follows the Polis-Primavera administration’s recently announced partnership with Mothers’ Milk Bank (MMB) through Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation to help address the infant formula shortage. Colorado and MMB are calling for donations of human milk or financial donations that would help families with the cost of supply, and bringing awareness to an alternative infant feeding supply during the current crisis.
Mothers’ Milk Bank website

Information on how to donate or purchase milk, or make a monetary donation can be found at Mothers’ Milk Bank website.

  Report Fraud
Coloradans who witness price gouging related to the purchase of formula or breast/chest milk or who think they might be a victim of price gouging should file a report with the Attorney General’s Office at 800.222.4444 or

If you can’t find formula:
Call your pediatrician or OBGYN to see if they have in-office samples.
Call your pediatrician if you cannot access the formula you need for your baby. They may have samples in stock, connections to other local organizations, or ideas of other places to call.
Contact your local family resource center.
You can also:
Check smaller stores and drug stores, which may not be out of supply when the bigger stores are.
If you can afford it, buy formula online until store shortages ease. Purchase from well-recognized distributors, grocers, and pharmacies rather than individually sold or auction sites such as eBay or Facebook Marketplace.
If you find it in stock, it can be tempting to buy as much formula as possible right now, but the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises buying no more than a 10-day to 2-week supply of formula to ease shortages.
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USDA Infant Formula Safety website – Contains info on infant formula safety and links to other government resources.
Questions and Answers for Consumers on Infant Formula – FDA question #12 addresses homemade infant formula.
Powdered Infant Formula Preparation and Storage – CDC guidance on preparing infant formula.
Is Homemade Baby Formula Safe – American Association of Pediatrics article on homemade formula.

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