Even if the baby food shortage is off the headlines, that doesn’t mean it’s getting any easier to buy baby food.
In May, shoppers were hit with an unexpected lack of baby food options. Corresponding TIMEThese shortages were the result of global factors such as “staff shortages due to COVID-19, increased demand for many products and services following the easing of lockdown restrictions, the war in Ukraine and related international sanctions, and shortages of some commodities.”
The problem was compounded by the fact that baby formula maker Abbott was allegedly “unable to maintain sanitary conditions at the factory,” resulting in the deaths of two infants, multiple product recalls and a complete factory shutdown.
Although some issues have been resolved and supply improved, baby food can still be hard to find – leading to many social media users commenting on the issue.
One of these users is TikToker @1breyonce. In a video with over 4.6 million views, the user shows the empty shelves at a Walmart location where baby food is supposed to be.
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“All I know is that this isn’t the same country that’s trying to ban abortion and try to get people to have children,” she says in the video. “How? You can’t feed the kids. How the hell are we supposed to feed them?”
In the caption, she adds, “America is truly a third world country with a Gucci belt.”
Many commenters under TikToker’s video shared their struggles with finding and buying baby food.
“My colleague’s nephew can only handle a certain type of formula and 8 of us checked in 8 different cities…nothing,” claimed one user.
“Also….why does it have to be so freaking expensive????? Like paying 50 bucks for 1 can of formula? I don’t even spend that much on crab legs,” wrote another.
“Yes! I went to the store today and they didn’t have any of my baby food,” shared a third. “Thankful for the family who will try to get me some!”
Discussion soon turned to the state’s social and health infrastructure in general.
“Don’t even get me started on how supportive my Disabled Daughters Therapist and Office of Developmental Educators are,” commented one user.
“Literally on the last dose of Tylenol for kids, even at home. I haven’t noticed any need in the past two weeks. And I had a sick toddler and a teething baby,” wrote a second.
“Do not forget about the lack of pitocin and epidural anesthesia. So they’re going to make you get them drug-free, drug-free, and still formula-free,” said another user, referring to reported shortages through the end of 2022.
In general, commenters agreed that more effort should be made to accommodate new and expectant mothers.
As one user put it, “Every time I have to go back to check [for formula] All I know is that I will cry from the stress. This… world is cruel to mothers and our babies.”
The Daily Dot reached out to @1breyonce via TikTok comment.
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*Initial publication: January 1, 2023 1:03 pm CST
Braden Bjella is a culture writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, Schön! magazine and more.
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