OKLAHOMA CITY, August 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Oklahoma Complete Health announced today that it has donated critically needed infant formula to Infant Crisis Services. The formula will be distributed to underserved communities and help alleviate current supply shortages. To date, over 100 boxes of formula have been delivered, providing approximately 2,100 meals for newborns and infants.
“We are so grateful for this generous donation from Oklahoma Complete Health in these times when so many families are in need,” said Mickey Farris, Executive Director of ICS. “This formula will provide the smallest of Oklahoma with the foundation they need to grow healthy and strong.”
“The lack of availability of infant formula adds unnecessary stress to families and can have a negative impact on the health of the babies we seek to protect,” said Clay Franklin, president and CEO of Oklahoma Complete Health. “Oklahoma Complete Health is pleased to support Infant Crisis Services in their efforts to provide formula to infants in greatest need.”
Many families are at least partially dependent on formula to feed and feed their babies. The Oklahoma State Department of Health is urging families not to dilute formula or make homemade formula as a result of the shortage. While supplies are slowly beginning to recover, many underserved and rural areas are still experiencing critical shortages.
“Reaching Babies Inside and Out Oklahoma City metro is important as we strive to meet the needs in our rural communities,” said Casey Sobers-Butler, vice president of population health at Oklahoma Total Health. “Working with an organization like Infant Crisis Services is a vital part of our efforts to provide support to families during this critical time in a baby’s development.”
In constant effort to help Oklahoma families due to the formula shortage, Oklahoma Complete Health will provide additional supplies of formula in the coming weeks and months. Infant Crisis Services will then distribute formula Oklahoma, Kadocanadian, Carter, Cleveland, Comanche, Custer, Garvin, Grady, Kay, Lincoln, McClain, Payne, On the spot, Pottawatomie, seminoleand Stevens counties.
If affected by a formula shortage, Oklahoma Complete Health encourages families to follow these guidelines and seek community resources for additional support if needed:
- DO IT talk to your pediatrician and ask if they stock formula. Your local WIC office may also suggest places to look.
- DO IT check smaller stores and local pharmacies that may not be out of stock when larger stores are.
- DO IT try new formulas. Many babies can switch brands of formula, including generic stores, unless your baby is on a specific extensively hydrolyzed or amino acid-based formula. Ask your pediatrician about recommended specialty formula alternatives available for your baby.
- DO NOT make homemade formula or use imported formula. This is not safe for your baby as there are specific nutritional needs for a baby. The FDA reviews and makes sure that all infant formulas sold in US stores meet very strict rules regarding their ingredients to ensure that they support healthy growth and development.
- DO NOT switch to cow’s milk or other milk substitutes from the dairy section of the grocery store, such as almond or soy drinks (sometimes labeled as milk). This applies to babies aged 0 – 12 months.
- DO NOT dilute formulas or use formula for infants under 12 months of age. This includes adding more water when mixing a powdered formula or adding extra water to a ready-to-serve, non-concentrated liquid formula. Both practices affect the nutrition your baby receives.
- DO NOT buying expired or damaged cans. Check the expiration dates.
Families affected by formula shortages can also visit infantcrisis.org to learn more about accessing their services.
About Oklahoma Complete Health
Oklahoma Complete Health is a managed care organization that serves the needs of Oklahomans through a range of health insurance solutions. Oklahoma Complete Health serves our communities by focusing on the underinsured and uninsured through its Federal Insurance Marketplace plan (Ambetter) and its Medicare Advantage plan (Wellcare). Oklahoma Complete Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a leading healthcare company. For more information, visit www.oklahomacompletehealth.com.
SOURCE Oklahoma Complete Health