Stork Support is one of the nonprofit community organizations helping Fort Collins and other Northern Colorado families affected by the baby formula shortages.
Normally it would be their go-to brand for families in need.
“We would have that brand to help in those situations so losing that was a big blow, and then that was our biggest request,” executive director Nikola Reinfields told KUNC.
Parents with babies requiring special formula are also struggling.
“Families who had a medical need for Elecare and now had to switch to another hypoallergenic brand … it's been difficult,” says Reinfields.
Why is there a shortage?
Early in 2022, there were reports of four infants becoming seriously ill from bacterial infection after consuming the Abbott formula manufactured in their Sturgis plant in Michigan. Two infants tragically passed away.
Abbott Nutrition, the food sector of Abbott Laboratories, maintains there is no evidence connecting their product to the incidences.
However, on February 17, Abbot voluntarily recalled certain formulas.
Abbott shut down the plant until safety of the baby formula can be ensured and the FDA approves their reopening, which may be happening in a week or two according to the report in Reuters.
"I'm pleased to say today we've already made significant progress and I think we are on track to get it open within the next week to two weeks, most likely at the outer bound two weeks," Commissioner Robert Califf told a U.S. House of Representatives panel on Thursday.
It will still be weeks before stocks of formula are back to normal levels.
An expensive immediate problem
Meanwhile, the costs of baby formula has increased expenses. Many families in Fort Collins and the wider Northern Colorado area are struggling with those increases.
Stork Support is doing their best to help families, but as a nonprofit, it puts a strain on their limited funds.
“Stork Support just spent $133 last week to help a family to feed their baby for six days,” said Reinfields. “That's $22 each day.”
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