Appropriate nutrition is important for babies under the age of 1; they need the correct balance of nutrients to maintain their rapid growth and development. Breast milk contains these; formulas are specially designed to best mimic this and meet the needs. As you try to navigate the shortage you might feel confused or scared. The Allegheny County Health Department and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh have provided information regarding the baby formula shortage and guidelines for families who need to find alternatives. Please review the items below to become more informed about this shortage.