Add formula milk to the national shortage list.
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Some varieties of infant formula are becoming harder to find, multiple media outlets have reported.
The shortage has worsened in some areas, parents said.
“We noticed it was hard to find maybe a few months ago – two, three months ago – and then just recently we can’t find it,” Irene Anhoeck told CBS News.
Anhoeck cannot breastfeed her 10-month-old son, Marlo. She had used Similac instead but can no longer find it.
“We tried all the local targets. We checked Costco, Costco Online, Walgreens, Long’s. I can’t find it anywhere,” Anhoechk told CBS News.
Low or non-existent stocks of infant formula are also seen across the country.
Derval Kenny was trying to find a Similac formula for his infant grandsons who live in other states. Kenny couldn’t find any when she looked two weeks ago.
“The shelves are just bare,” Kenny told The Wall Street Journal. She drove to Connecticut, ordered on Amazon, and still couldn’t find any premixed bottles her grandsons usually drink, only cans of powdered formula.
A simple change in brand or type may be easier said than done, as some children may be on a specific brand or formula variation due to allergies, sensitivity or digestive issues, the magazine reported. Parents.
The Infant Nutrition Council of America has confirmed there are issues, blaming everything from transportation to logistics and parent storage, but there’s no shortage of product, the Wall Street Journal reported. .
“It may take a message in a Facebook moms group to send some into a panic” and lead to stockpiling, Laura Modi, co-founder of online organic baby formula startup Bobbie, told The Wall Street Journal .
Research firm IRI found that before the coronavirus pandemic, stores had an average of around 95% formula in stock. Last week, 10 national retailers had between 75% and 98% formula in stock with Seattle, Wichita and Tuscon among the hardest hit areas, IRI found, according to CBS News.
Reckitt, which makes Enfamil, said it had “sufficient supply” of its products and was shipping 50% more than usual, as fast as possible, CBS News reported.
Abbot, which makes Similac, directed its comments to the Infant Nutrition Council of America. The group said it is working with suppliers, distributors, retailers and state agencies to ensure families can get formula. The group also said caregivers should speak to a health care provider when they have questions or are concerned about feeding.
What can parents do when they can’t find the formula they usually buy?
Parents magazine suggests trying ordering from the manufacturers or, instead of going to a grocery store, trying a drugstore, baby supply store or Amazon instead. You may be able to purchase a subscription online.
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