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    https://www.waff.com/2022/05/09/nati...getting-worse/
    Has anyone had this problem in your daycares? Know a lot of parents have and I've been seeing on fb to use the recipe for homemade formula but recently I saw on the news where pediatricians are saying don't do the homemade formula because it will literally starve your baby and won't give them the proper nutrition they need. They even recommend breastfeeding but I know depending on state guidelines (because every state is different) that you can't use breast milk but for so long before it goes bad
    Christy Sewell

  • #2
    As far as I'm aware, all of these "shortages" are just shortages of particular brands. Which means that, in a pinch, parents may have to resort to changing to a comparable product in a different brand for a short period of time. That is not ideal, and could cause tummy upset, but it's not like anybody's baby is going to starve.

    This is happening with all different products. The supply chain net work has been fine tuned over the last several years so that stores can stock a ton of different products and rapidly replace them as soon as they are sold. But the pandemic has caused multiple bottlenecks in that supply chain, meaning that there's not an actual shortage of most foods, but instead a delay that means they will get sold out and not immediately replaced. The replacement is on its way. It just takes longer.

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    • #3
      It's bad here as well. Was in the baby aisle and one woman was in tears trying to figure out what to get her baby. She got another brand, hope it worked out for her.

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      • #4
        I haven't seen the problem in my day care since I only have 1 who isn't on solid food yet. She's on breast milk so it hasn't been an issue for her parents. I have passed the baby formula shelves while shopping, though, and they look pretty sparse.

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        • #5
          Locally I see commercials about formula being recalled and a lawsuit that has something to do with babies getting sick from formula.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Alwaysgreener View Post
            Locally I see commercials about formula being recalled and a lawsuit that has something to do with babies getting sick from formula.
            The commercial is for premature infants (less than 36 weeks gestation) being diagnosed with NEC (Necrotizing entercolitisis) caused by formula given while they were in the NICU.
            Christy Sewell

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            • #7
              All my babies are breast fed so I (thankfully) have not been impacted by the shortage at all.

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              • #8
                Recall info
                https://www.fda.gov/news-events/pres...tions-facility

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                • Cat Herder
                  Cat Herder commented
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                  That was in February due to a human error, cleaning process mixup. Happens to bagged spinach with alarming frequency.
                  Last edited by Cat Herder; 1 week ago.

              • #9
                I have only seen it exist on social media. Not in real life. Spin city, I think.

                I have four on formula that I provide.
                Last edited by Cat Herder; 1 week ago.

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                • Blackcat31
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                  Our shelves at Target Walmart and the grocery stores are empty other than a few bottles of premade formula. No powder anything. People can't do online orders either.
                  Never been more happy that my babies are all breastfed. Including my new grand daughter!

              • #10
                I stand corrected.

                My autoship arrived last week, as always 6 cans, 34 oz. Same as always.

                I logged in today, out of curiosity, and everything - all brands- are out of stock.

                I am having a hard time not noticing it is early voting week, though.
                Last edited by Cat Herder; 1 week ago. Reason: I just logged back in and it now has some brand names available. Enfamil, Similac, Gerber. It says I can order a 6 pack for $112 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Gerber-Good-Start-GentlePro-Non-GMO-Powder-I

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              • #11
                Originally posted by Cat Herder View Post
                I stand corrected.

                My autoship arrived last week, as always 6 cans, 34 oz. Same as always.

                I logged in today, out of curiosity, and everything - all brands- are out of stock.

                I am having a hard time not noticing it is early voting week, though.
                The shortage might be regional. All the stores around here are limiting to one can.

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                • Cat Herder
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                  It only seemed to last one hour, here. Weird. I don't take them off shelves, though. I have an auto-shipment under my daycare account name. Not sure it makes a difference, though.

              • #12
                Originally posted by Eleamo84 View Post
                It's bad here as well. Was in the baby aisle and one woman was in tears trying to figure out what to get her baby. She got another brand, hope it worked out for her.
                This breaks my heart

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                • #13
                  The state sent me this link to share with parents.

                  https://healthychildren.org/English/...-COVID-19.aspx

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                  • #14
                    The media spin on this is irresponsible. Somebody who sees this photo might freak out and go load up on formula. But what's the photo of? Shelves fully stocked with formula. Tons of brands. Tons of options. A different, specialized product that most families will never need is what's out of stock in this image, and when you look at the shelf tags, you notice that there aren't that many products out of stock; they are just so big that only two units takes up the same space as 30 cans of formula.

                    I live in a middle class neighborhood and I have a car that's fueled up and a network of people much like myself that I can reach out to in a crisis. So scarcity isn't going to affect people like me until long after it starts affecting others, but it's people like me who are in a position to look at the news, freak out, and go out and exacerbate the scarcity because we get scared. The two-unit cap at many chains is easy to get around if you have a spouse you can send in afterward, or an Instacart account. The toilet paper shortage was funny. This isn't.
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                    • Blackcat31
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                      I live in a fairly middle class city with several larger cities near by. There is NO.FORMULA. of any kind on any of the shelves in any of the area stores. Daycare providers that provide formula per food program requirements are freaking out and trying to figure out how to get formula for their daycare babies. Mommy groups on our local FB pages are trying hard to network some sort of chain in which to get formula.

                      I definitely despise the media and the spin they add to everything but I don't for one second believe the formula shortage is being blown out of proportion. Formula of any brand/kind is virtually none existent here

                  • #15
                    Abbott nutrition that makes about 40% of formula sold said last night that they are going to reopen their manufacturing facility again after the FDA approved their inspection and that it would take about 8 weeks to get everything shipped and shelves restocked
                    Christy Sewell

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                    • Cat Herder
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                      Perrigo is who makes all the Walmart, Target, etc. brands. They were never affected at all by recalls.
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