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Colorado creates resource page for residents seeking help finding baby formula

Colorado’s health department has created a resource page for residents seeking help finding baby formula for their newborns amid the national shortage. 

The state agency initially announced Tuesday that hospitals in Colorado received shipments of baby formula over the weekend after the federal government used the Defense Production Act to increase the production of formula and authorized the U.S. Department of Defense to fly formula to the U.S. from abroad.

However, the state health department said Wednesday evening that, while formula is being distributed to the states, “we cannot confirm that Colorado has received any at this time.”

“We want all Coloradans to know that during this stressful and difficult shortage, multiple state agencies are working to make every resource available and ensure that every family in need can get the information and assistance they need,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the health department in a statement.

The website created by the health department provides information on what to do if a person can’t find formula, such as talk to their pediatrician, and how to donate or find milk, according to the news release.

The state Department of Public Health and Environment created the website along with the state Department of Human Services and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

Baby formula has become hard to find across the U.S. and major chains, such as CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens, have reported shortages. Some stores are limiting the amount of formula that can be purchased.

Gov. Jared Polis has declared the shortage a disaster emergency and the state is using emergency money to fund the free distribution of donor milk from Mothers’ Milk Bank, which distributes donor human milk through the Rocky Mountain Children’s Foundation.

Updated 8:20 p.m. June 1, 2022 This story was updated after Colorado’s health department announced that it could not confirm whether the state has received any shipments of baby formula from the federal government.