Manitoba Health is advising parents and caregivers of newborn babies that they can acquire specialty formula by placing an order at their local pharmacy.

In a media bulletin sent out on July 26, the Government of Manitoba warns the public that the ongoing formula shortage is expected to last several months. They advise parents and caregivers to visit their health-care provider to have their baby's health reassessed to see if they need a special ordered formula or if there is an alternate solution.

"This can change as the baby grows," says the release. "Their baby may no longer need specialty formula. If a change is recommended, health-care providers can provide tips to ease the transition."

With many retail outlets out of stock for specialty formula, Manitoba Health says that parents and caregivers can speak with a pharmacist or pharmacy technician to see if they are able to order what they need.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to visit the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's website for more information.