May 16, 2022

Baby formula shortage: Bay Area mom searches as far away as Canada for formula as supplies dwindle

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — The infant formula scarcity is impacting infants throughout the nation. On Friday, the Biden administration introduced efforts to deal with this disaster.

Karissa Brune has made it her full-time job to seek out child formula for her son. They’ve one month left of child formula.

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“I have three full cans, half a can. My 5-month-old goes through maybe one can a week,” mentioned Brune.

The impression of the pandemic and a latest recall of one of many main child formula producers has led to this scarcity. Karissa says she appears like she is on her personal looking for methods to feed her child.

“All of us are trying to share the formula that we have. Sometimes even half a can. Here ‘I’ll take half and you take the other half.’ It’s really serious,” mentioned Brune and added. “Personally I can’t breastfeed at all. So, if I don’t have formula my baby is not going to eat.”

For the previous two months, Karissa has been contacting strangers on social media and paying them by way of Venmo.

“That is how desperate I have become,” mentioned Brune. “I’m having formula shipped from Oklahoma, from Kentucky, from Sacramento. I recently looked into buying from Canada.”

Discovering formula on the cabinets is nearly unattainable and on Amazon, Brune says the costs have greater than doubled.

The Mom’s Milk Financial institution in San Jose is noticing a rise in additional mothers opting for donated breast milk as an alternative choice.

“We are seeing about a 20% increase in the amount of milk that we ship out to hospitals and outpatients,” mentioned Govt Director of the Mom’s Milk Financial institution Jonathan Bautista.

Because the scarcity intensifies extra mothers are signing as much as undergo the donating course of and assist different mothers in want.

“Each donor answers 56 questions. She also has to be tested for infectious diseases. That is part of the screening process. Once that is done we reach out to their baby’s physician to get their consent,” mentioned Bautista.

About 4,000 ounces of breast milk are leaving the San Jose breast milk location daily.

“Exclusive human milk feeding has been shown to benefit the babies. The bioactive nutrients in human milk aren’t contained in the formula. Mom’s own milk is the first choice and donor milk is the second choice because of the bioactive nutrients that are benefiting babies that formula doesn’t have,” mentioned Bautista.

President Biden mentioned Friday the newborn formula scarcity ought to enhance however did not give specifics as to when.

Brune says daily that goes by is a day her son has much less meals.

“You wonder how I am going to make this work this week. There is no end in sight right now,” mentioned Brune.

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