The baby food shortage is real and causing problems for South Florida families

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. – For some families in South Florida, finding formula for their babies has been a Herculean feat as they find empty store shelves almost everywhere.

“We’ve been experiencing the shortage since December, so I’m sure you, as a new mom, can imagine how stressful this is,” said Jennifer Spence, who has family and friends scrambling for formulas that don’t age 10 months, making Ethan uncomfortable.

From supply shortages to recent Food and Drug Administration recalls of certain contaminated baby formula products, Spence said she formula-treated some of her husband’s friends while they were visiting from Georgia.

dr Steven Abrams, the former chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ nutrition committee, said Spence is doing the right thing. . . “who works really hard just to find him; for the most part they will be successful.”

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He said families may need to consider switching brands.

Spence said she tried to avoid that.

“I didn’t want to change the formula because it worked so well for him,” the new mom said.

Abrams said you should consult your pediatrician for advice on the closest alternative.

“Keep in mind that it may take the baby a day or two to get used to it,” Abrams said.

He recommends not trying to water down the formula to stretch it, but strongly discourages posting homemade formula recipes online:

“Some of the ones found on the internet just don’t contain the nutrients a baby needs. There are actually cases of people dying from homemade formulas, so we really don’t encourage that,” Abrams said.

Claudia Rodriguez, a registered nurse and lactation consultant at Memorial Hospital West, voices the same concerns.

“We definitely don’t want to use syrups, the kero syrups they used to make homemade formulas like this a long time ago. . . it’s very dangerous.


She warns, “With anything a family gives to a baby, we recommend speaking to a pediatrician first.”

Some retailers like Walgreens are now adding purchase limits:

“The restrictions are there so people don’t hoard it, so anyone can get any formula we want until we can get more on our shelves,” Rodriguez said.

Experts agree that if your baby has allergies and you can’t find your brand, you should call your pediatrician.

Amazon, where families also turn to formula foods, provided this explanation:

“We know these products are important to parents and caregivers and (we) are working closely with our channel partners to get them back in stock as soon as possible,” said an Amazon spokesman.

Drugstore chain CVS issued this statement:

“Due to supplier challenges and increased customer demand, we currently have a limit of three baby food products per purchase in our stores and online. We continue to work with our baby food suppliers to address this issue and regret any inconvenience this causes our customers.”


Walgreens had this to say:

“Due to increased demand and various challenges for suppliers, infant and toddler formulas are restricted across the country. Similar to other retailers, we have implemented a purchase limit of three per transaction on all infant and toddler formula to help improve inventory. We continue to work diligently with our supplier partners to best meet customer needs.”

Target stores say they are monitoring delivery closely to ensure products are available for customers. They also introduced product limitations – 4 units per item.

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