The infant formula shortage: What are we really short on?

Time-frame: 60-90
CERP: yes

The response to the infant formula shortage in the United States focused on increasing access to infant formula. The formula shortage was caused by a convergence of factors including market concentration of formula manufacturers, lax federal policies, supply chain issues, short-sighted legislators and policy makers, and regulations favoring the the continued monopoly in formula manufacturing. Absent from the response and discussion was how to reduce the demand for infant formula. This presentation will review the multiple contributors to the formula crisis, the players involved in precipitating the formula shortage, and interventions to reduce the demand for infant formula. Such interventions include enacting a national paid family leave policy, what is needed to be done by and for stakeholders in the breastfeeding arena, implementing the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, interventions by state and federal agencies, etc. Discussion will also include examples of how to decrease the pervasive creep of infant formula use.

Marsha Walker RN, IBCLC

Country: USA
Phone number: 781-893-3553
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