New Mexico Parents Are Struggling to Find Baby Formula Amidst a Nationwide Shortage

Daniella Cressman

It's hard enough to be a mother, what with a baby that is crying nearly constantly, a husband who is probably working all hours of the day, and tending to your own professional duties in some cases.

On top of that, a lot of women are dealing with postpartum depression after giving birth, so it's already a deeply stressful time that often strains the relationship between you and your spouse.

The shortage of baby formula has only made matters worse: Now women are terrified they will not be able to keep their babies alive, especially if they cannot breastfeed due to health conditions.

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To complicate the situation, babies are often sensitive or allergic to certain ingredients, so switching the formula to a different brand—if it is even available—can be severely detrimental, resulting in allergies or other health conditions for their little ones.

In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recalled infant formula produced in a Michigan facility owned by Abbott Nutrition — the largest formula manufacturer in the nation. This, combined with supply chain issues and strict policies on importing the product from other countries, has created the crisis. —Claudia L. Silva

Needless to say, this has left many families in a precarious position. As a result, a lot of people have turned to the internet to search for any products that are available.

"Online demand for baby formula went up 1,348 percent last week compared to the week prior and was 3,114 percent higher than the 2022 average, according to a new data analysis from Pattern." —Clauida L. Silva

While this is a smart move in many ways, healthcare experts warn that there are specific ingredients in some online alternatives to baby formula which are actually detrimental for infants

"Health experts warn ideas for alternatives to the baby formula being circulated online, including homemade products and goat’s milk, can be dangerous for infants." —Claudia L. Silva

Thankfully, Biden has taken action, putting a plan in place to remedy the situation, yet the needle is moving slower than many would like.

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