Baby formula shortage taking a toll

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Pickings are slim for baby formula across Yukon and the rest of the nation. At Target, families are limited to a certain amount of formula they can purchase because of a nationwide shortage. (Photo by Michael Pineda)

A nationwide shortage of baby formula has found its way to the highest echelons of government. The White House is struggling to come up with an explanation and Congress is holding hearings. That does little to help mothers and their children, who are growing increasingly frustrated over an item that has been taken for granted by past generations.

The issue apparently stems from suspected contamination and a recall that impacted as much as 20% of infant formula in the nation.

The shortage is being felt in every community, including Yukon.

Jenna Roberson 

Jenna Roberson

The formula my son takes is nowhere to be found. Luckily we have some saved up, but we are starting to run out. We are hoping to get his formula soon or find his replacement. I am thankful there are other formulas that he can try, but I also know that some families are not as lucky. I will say that throughout this whole thing I have seen our community come together and try to help each other. Out neighbors have reached out to us and tried to help. I have been involved in trying to find formulas for others as well. My heart goes out to those babies who need special formulas like hyper-allergenic.

Rae James

Rae James

I think we need to do something about it – my daughter was allergic to my breast milk and babies still deserve to eat.

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Tisay Alincastre

Tisay Alincastre

With the recent formula shortage, Community Helpers Organization, our nonprofit, has been receiving a lot of requests for a specific brand. Our stock is depleting. We now have five cans left, no donation coming and we are left to find the needed formula ourselves to help families.

Kathryn Canada

Kathryn Canada

Fortunately for me, I exclusively breastfeed. I have not been impacted by the shortage but what has impacted me most is the heartbreak for the women out there that chose not to breastfeed or were not able to breastfeed their kids. It has kind of opened my eyes to their situation. I am definitely blessed to be able to do that for my kids. If anything else, it has pushed me to continue to provide for my child the way that I am.

Shelli Selby

Shelli Selby

I see people looking for formula and I love how they are helping each other when they find it. I also love how other people are sharing their extra formula when they decided to nurse. It is another great example of Yukon residents being good neighbors and helping each other out.

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