ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Baby formula has been hard to find amid inflation and supply chain shortages, but pediatricians attribute the current struggle to a recall of Similac products back in February.

Since then, some parents have been hoarding whatever formula they can get, while others can’t get a hold of any at all.

Dr. Mathew Henderson of Roanoke Pediatrics says parents are stuck, adding that one of the only real options right now is to substitute for other brands — which brings its own struggles. Not only is getting your baby to switch a challenge, but even store brand formula is getting scarce.

Henderson says the store brand alternatives are fine for your child, especially since there are hypoallergenic options now. He says the chief problem the shortage poses is malnutrition in children, along with the stress it puts on parents.

“If you’re used to going to the store to get what you need, and now you have to drive to four grocery stores to find what you need, it’s disruptive and stressful,” said Henderson.

The Roanoke pediatrician warns families not to be tempted to dilute their formula or to use formula that’s out of date.

Meanwhile, Abbott says the company has been asked by the FDA to release limited quantities of metabolic nutrition formulas that were on hold after the recall. All of them have been tested prior to distribution.

According to Abbott, the formulas “previously on hold will be released free of charge to patients, in coordination with healthcare professionals based on need and on a case-by-case basis.”

The metabolic products being released are:

  • Calcilo XD
  • Cyclinex – 1 and 2
  • Glutarex – 1 and 2
  • Hominex – 1 and 2
  • I-Valex – 1 and 2
  • Ketonex – 1 and 2
  • Phenex – 1 and 2
  • Pro-Phree
  • Propimex – 1 and 2
  • ProViMin
  • Tyrex – 1 and 2

The specialty product being released is:

  • Similac PM 60/40

In addition, Abbott says the Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare powder formulas that were voluntarily recalled in February are not included in this product release.