If you are a parent of a little child or know someone who is, you are surely aware of how difficult it is to locate their child’s formula.
Due to a variety of factors, baby formula has become increasingly difficult to find in stores since the end of last year. 40% of the country’s formula supply is currently out of stock. While switching to a different brand of formula or even cow’s milk may appear to be the ideal option, this is far from the reality.
@momofrory Excuse my makeup less crying face 🥺 this #formulashortage is so scary. #formulamilk #formulacrisis #formulafeeding #formulafed #fyp #fypシ ♬ original sound – Kayzie Weedman
One mother used TikTok to describe her situation.
Kayzie Weedman wants to raise awareness about a key problem that she and other formula-feeding parents face: empty shelves.
“You go to your neighbourhood Target or Walmart and expect to find the formula your kid requires? Nope. She said in her now-viral TikTok, “Shelves are bare.”
Kayzie noted that because her kid has a “severe cow’s milk protein sensitivity,” she can’t just use any formula for her.
Her baby, like many other babies who rely on special formulae, develops a rash.
“So, what am I going to do if I can’t find the formula I need on the shelves?”
Her daughter’s prescription formula is six months out of stock at the drugstore, so she can’t buy it.
“All I have to do now is sit here and stare at empty shelves, unsure of what to do next.”
The problems started earlier in the pandemic, when formula was being stored, and they rapidly worsened.
We should be talking more about how vulnerable the supply chain is for our most basic and important goods.— Matt Karolian (Media3.eth) (@mkarolian) May 6, 2022
The baby formula isles at the Target and Walmart near our home.
This should be setting off major 🚨 pic.twitter.com/wH2twVjAEJ
Last year’s problems involved labour disruptions, transportation, and raw materials, and things soon got out of hand after Abbott Nutrition issued a recall for several major brands after reports of four babies becoming ill after ingesting formula from a Michigan plant.
Formula shortage is a disaster. No moms can’t make more milk. Some kids can’t latch. There are many issues at work. This is starvation level event hitting the U.S. And no one seems to care.— Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 11, 2022