SouthCoast Moms Can Find Some Baby Formula on the Internet
As mothers along the SouthCoast continue to struggle with the deepening baby formula crisis, the internet offers some help in locating specific formula products in short supply at traditional brick-and-mortar stores.
While some baby formula products are available on sites such as Amazon, many of the popular baby formula brands are not or are "temporarily out of stock." Products such as Gerber Good Start Gentle Soy say "currently unavailable." Other Gerber products, many Enfamil selections, Happy Baby Organics, and others are simply not available on Amazon at the moment.
As I write this, Earth's Best, Nestle, and Similac have various baby formula products available online, but there is no way to say how long that will be true.
According to Reuters, the Biden Administration is considering importing baby formula products to help ease the situation. Food and Drug Administration Director Robert Califf told NBC News he doesn't expect the shortage to last all year. He told CNN he expects the situation to improve gradually.
Doctors have urged parents not to hoard baby formula so that others in need might be able to acquire it, too. Parents are also encouraged to avoid purchasing or obtaining baby formula from less than reliable sources that might jeopardize the health and wellbeing of their children.
The New York Post reports parents need to be more flexible about the brand of baby formula they are willing to feed to their child and search "mom and pop" stores for supplies that might not have the volume of business that larger stores would have.
It is also suggested that parents should be "logging onto the Costco, Walmart, and other big-box stores' websites to see what's available there – and keeping on top of supply in terms of ordering promptly." Target also sells baby formula on its website.