By Savannah Koplon
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions have caused a wide range of products to be low on the shelves, hard to come by or unable to be shipped for months. While many of these products have not impacted a person’s health and well-being, one of 2022’s most pressing shortages has sent parents panicking: baby formula.
Caused in part by voluntary recalls and significant supply chain issues, baby formula shortages are leaving store shelves bare, with parents turning to social media groups to barter and trade for nutrition for their children. What should parents know about these shortages, how do they properly feed their children, and what should they do if they cannot find their specific formula? Dr. Carlie Stein Somerville, assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Departments of General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, shares advice and assurance with parents who find themselves in a challenging predicament during prolonged baby formula shortages.
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