If you are a parent of a minor child or know someone who is, you are aware of how difficult it is to locate their child’s formula.
Due to various 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 reality.
One mother used TikTok to explain why she can’t purchase her daughter any brand. She’s not the only one.
Kayzie Weedman wants to raise awareness about a critical 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.”
Krayzie noted that because her kid has a “severe cow’s milk protein sensitivity,” she can’t just use any formula for her.
Like many other babies who rely on unique formulae, her baby develops a rash.
“So, what will I 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 the formula was being stored, rapidly worsening.
Last year’s problems involved labour disruptions, transportation, and raw materials. After Abbott Nutrition issued a recall for several major brands, things soon got out of hand after reports of four babies becoming ill after ingesting formula from a Michigan plant.
Because most baby formula contains easier-to-digest protein from cow’s milk, babies with allergies to the protein cannot switch to a more widely available type.
Many people recommend breastfeeding instead, but Kayzie told Buzzfeed that this approach is more aggravating than beneficial.
“Because of Palmer’s immune system and allergy requirements, I could not breastfeed.” MY breastmilk was slowly poisoning my kid, and she would have died if I hadn’t used formula.”
Although parents are advised to nurse their infants exclusively for the first six months, research shows that just 26% of babies were breastfed during that period in 2018.
Medical issues, trauma, and the lack of parental leave could all contribute to this.
Kayzie, like many other parents, went to social media to find her daughter’s formula. She was fortunate in finding 12 cans, which she estimated would last her three months.
“You have no idea how much this means to me, and it’s incredible how social media can be utilised.”
It crushes my heart to see so many parents unable to feed their children. Worse, many people do not have other options.