As demand for baby formula remains the same. Supply is still alarmingly low. Many people look for assistance from hospitals and community organizations for help.
The government is flying tons of this baby food staple from other countries into the U.S. Also, Abbott is reopening a factory that produces nearly half the powdered formula sold in our country, however it is still expected to take several weeks for retailers to get their regular supply.
“One estimate, from the market research company Datasembly, found that stock rates have not improved. During the last week of May, 74% of formula products were out of stock at some point. In nine states, including many in the South, more than 90% of formula products weren’t always available, which means families are still on the hunt.” (Source: CNN.com)
When it is possible to find formula at a local store, it may not be the right brand or type your baby is used to. This can cause major problems for your little one’s not being consistent on the product they’re consuming.
As supply steeply declined, it initially only affected those in need of specialty formulas, then increased to affect every formula. This caused parents to frantically call the hospitals in search of anyone who could help them. In the formula rooms of hospitals they have had to mix other commercially available products out of necessity. However, this is done under expert supervision and is not recommended to be done at home.
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