Baby formula or the milk available in grocery stores and drug stores for specific ages is facing a shortage now, and this problem is a nationwide outage of the essential product. The out-of-stock rate now climbed to 43 percent, and many stores face customers looking for the vital breastmilk substitute for mothers that cannot produce or squeeze out the milk.

Baby Formula Shortage in the US: A Nationwide Problem

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The New York Times reported that many mothers and families drive hours during the day and night searching for stores that offer baby formula on their shelves or over the counter. Sadly, they are met with out-of-stock notices regarding the essential food for infants as the country is also facing the problem regarding the product. 

The COVID-19 pandemic remains a massive reason for the shortage that the world experiences now, and despite the problem focusing on the country, it is still because of the supply chain. Production and sourcing of these formulas is a massive issue seen by the government, but two years later, instead of recovering, it still faces the same problems.

Baby Formula Out of Stock Rate Now at 43%

Datasembly also released a report that looked into and studied why there is a shortage in the country. It found that it already grew to a total of 43 percent out-of-stock rate for the baby formula in the country. Recalled products also contributed to the shortage the country is facing now. 

And despite its recall, many parents resort to using this milk for their children to consume. 

Baby Formula, Breastmilk, and Growth

They say breastmilk is the best and only product that an infant needs when growing up, but mothers face many problems in getting their natural milk out for their children to use for nourishment. Hence, they turn to baby formulas to substitute for this need, especially as they need to feed their babies to sustain their growth.

There are reports that breastmilk has various properties that may help in the foundational needs when growing up for children. It became a unique vehicle to transport antibodies from the mother inoculated against COVID-19 to pass it down to their children. Many people aspire to bring breastmilk for their children up to this age.

Moreover, some believe that breastmilk may help get more protein, so they add it to their protein shake or mass milk to build up their muscles. 

Other mothers claim that breastmilk is very traditional or old school, especially as it requires them to be in touch with their children for a long time as they pump out the nutritional food. However, some cannot do this or resort to formulas, but it would be a challenging time for them now, as the country sees a massive shortage of the product. 

Written by Isaiah Richard

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