Cyndle Bass feeds 5-month-old Austin formula at their Eagle Mountain home on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. A 19.5-ounce can of formula lasts just one and half days for Bass. She feeds Austin and his twin sister, Alexis, 6 ounces every three hours. Parents across the U.S. are scrambling to find baby formula because supply disruptions and a massive safety recall have swept many leading brands off store shelves.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
As parents nationwide scramble to find baby formula amid supply disruptions and a massive safety recall, public health leaders are urging parents to work with their infants’ health care providers to ensure their babies’ nutritional requirements are safely met.
“Always work with your baby’s pediatrician to find the right nutritional needs for your baby,” said JoDell Geilmann-Parke, the Utah Department of Health’s vendor coordinator for the state’s Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children program.
“In times of shortage, parents may be forced to substitute another brand or manufacturer for their child’s preferred formula. The change may cause gastrointestinal upset. It’s just hard on a baby’s tummy to bounce from formula to formula,” said Geilmann-Parke.
“As parents are forced into purchasing what product is available, they need to closely monitor how their baby tolerates the changes. Pay attention to the clues that your baby offers. Moms know. They have good intuition about what is and isn’t working for their baby,” she said.
Switching up brands or varieties of formula can be particularly challenging for infants born prematurely, multiple births or those with food sensitivities or other medical issues.
“You want to make sure that you are feeding that baby the highest quality, most nutrient-dense formula that you can possibly feed him or her,” Geilmann-Parke said.
Cyndle Bass, who is the mom of nearly 5-month-old twins, said she was aware of the pinch in the formula supply and attempted to plan ahead.
“I was down to my last can and I couldn’t find it anywhere. I went on Facebook and pleaded for people to look when they were out. People from four different states sent me formula so I actually have quite a bit now,” she said.
But before issuing her plea on social media, Bass said she had shopped at multiple stores. She was told to try to shop early in the morning, which was complicated because she needed to drive her 11-year-old son to school and then attempt to shop with two infants. Often, she came home empty handed.
“I was going to every store that I knew had formula and not seeing it on any shelf. … I was beginning to panic. I was freaking out and I was talking to everybody I could about it because I thought somebody might be able to help me, somebody might be able to find some formula in some store randomly that they happen to be in,” she said.
Her father-in-law, who lives in New Mexico, scours local stores every day to help keep his infant grandson and granddaughter supplied.
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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News
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