News and Announcements

News and Announcements

In light of the Formula Shortage, please reference these talking points:

  1. For those who are exclusively not breastfeeding:  Do not use “home” recipes for making your own formula, and do not dilute the formula in any way other than is on the package instructions as these practices can have severe, at times fatal consequences for the infant.
  2. Do not feed your infant younger than one year of age regular cow’s milk as it can lead to serious consequences such as iron deficiency which can harm cognitive development.
  3. It is safe to transition from one brand of formula to another if that is all you have access to.  (Note, if your infant is on a special formula for a medical condition, speak with your baby’s doctor and/or a pediatric nutritionist before making any substitutions.)
  4. Some parts of the world have better supplies than others, so consider your resources for safely ordering and shipping from a trusted source.  Do not purchase breastmilk or infant formula on the internet from anyone or any source that you are not familiar with and can completely trust.
  5. When feeding your infant, place only the amount that your baby will eat in the bottle, so as not to waste any of your supply.
  6. If you are partially breastfeeding, consider transitioning back to full breastfeeding while the shortage remains.  This is healthy for your infant and also will help lessen some of the demand on the current supply.  (Note, if you need help with increasing your production, seek consultation with a skilled lactation provider and/or an expert in Breastfeeding Medicine. (Ref AAP and CDC Breastfeeding in Disaster Guide and ABM protocol)
  7. If you are not breastfeeding and your infant is around 6 months of age, talk with your baby’s doctor about the timing and appropriateness of introducing solid foods no more than 2-3 times/day in place of a bottle feeding.
  8. If you are currently pregnant or expecting a baby, consider potential infant formula shortages and risks when making your decisions and plans about infant feeding.  Seek prenatal breastfeeding education, and connect with health care providers and hospitals that are supportive of breastfeeding.
  9. Consider re-lactating.  Re-lactating is the process by which a person who has given birth may ramp-up milk production after a period of not lactating or partially lactating. (Ref AAP and CDC Breastfeeding in disasters guide, and ABM protocol).
  10. Consider pasteurized donor human milk if you have the means and an availability to purchase.
  11. Avoid informal milk sharing with anyone you do not know, online platforms, or with anyone that you do not completely know and trust.  Wet nursing, and close family members and friends breastfeeding is a way in which some societies and cultures have fed infants historically and in modern day. (Note, this should only be done with trusted family members and friends, and ideally the donor would have had testing to make sure they were free of any transmissible diseases. (Ref ABM statement)
  12. For additional information, please reference the resource tab.

Governor Northam Announces Goal to Eliminate Racial Disparity in Virginia Maternal Mortality Rate by 2025

Seal of the State of Virginia

“The Northam administration and the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association are also committed to form a collaborative with ten Virginia hospitals and their ambulatory providers to implement evidence-based, culturally sensitive training, education, and best practices. The Virginia Department of Health will support hospitals with data collection, onboarding, coaching, and technical assistance.” Read more.

Northam wants to spend $22 million to reduce women’s deaths after childbirth

Northam works to reduce women's deaths after childbirth“Northam said studies have show many new mothers’ lingering health issues — sometimes fatal — can persist well after two months from giving birth. A review by the Virginia Maternal Mortality Review Team found the majority of pregnancy-associated deaths occur more than 43 days after pregnancy.” Read more.