UPDATED 8:59 AM PT – Wednesday, June 1, 2022
The baby formula out of stock rate has jumped to 70 percent. That’s according to recent retail data firm Datasembly, which found the national spike to be more extreme in certain cities and states for the week ending May 21.
The baby formula shortage NEVER should have happened.
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) May 27, 2022
As parents try and address the growing crisis, children with special needs or health issues who need certain formula to survive are more at risk. According to an exclusive report, 14-year-old Morgan Furhman has a rare genetic disorder and needs a specialized formula.
“Because of her disorder, her life expectancy isn’t what a typical person would be,” explained the teen’s mother, Kathy Furhman. “If the formula, if that was the reason, I don’t think I could ever forgive myself.”
As the shortage worsens, some parents are feeling responsible. While the US is working to get more baby formula back on shelves, some practitioners are blaming the shortage on a drop in breast feeding rates, which is a problem they said increased during the pandemic.
The baby formula crisis started long before the Abbott recall.
Our country is failing and the Biden admin’s government solutions are not solving the crisis.
America is like a third world country now incapable of providing food for our babies. https://t.co/W8kuSlWmav
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) May 25, 2022
The longer the crisis persists, however, the more parents are searching for different alternatives to feed their children. Some have even tried making their own formula at home.
“It doesn’t take much to make a baby become very sick,” warned Jessica Smith, Pediatrician at Mercy Clinic Pediatrics. “Can have seizures, not get the calories they need and end up in the hospital, so it is not safe to make your own formula at home. I would not even use your grandmother’s recipe.“
Meanwhile, FDA Commissioner, Robert Califf believes the shortage may be over within a few months.