Scared Mom Explains Why Parents Can’t Just Change Brands During the 2022 Baby Formula Crisis

If you’re a parent with a baby or know someone who is, then you’re probably well aware of the current baby formula shortage that’s causing a crisis across the nation.[1]

Since the end of 2021, baby formula has become harder to find in most stores for many reasons. About 40 percent of America’s baby formula supply is currently not in stock. And while it may seem like an easy thing to simply replace one brand for another or even use cow’s milk, one mom is warning parents that is far from the case.

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The mom took to TikTok to explain why she’s not able just to buy a different brand of formula for her daughter, and she’s far from alone.

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Kayzie Weedman wished to spread awareness about a major issue that she and other parents who use a baby formula to nourish their children are dealing with today — empty store shelves.

“You go to your local Target, your local Walmart, and you think you’re going to get the formula your baby needs? Nope. Shelves are bare,” she said in her now viral TikTok.[1]

Kayzie explained how she can’t substitute just any formula for her daughter, who has a “huge cow’s milk protein allergy.”

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Like many babies who require special formulas, her daughter will break out into a rash if she is fed dairy.

“So, what am I going to do when I go to the shelves and can’t get the formula that I need?”

She’s unable even to obtain her daughter’s prescription formula from her pharmacy since it’s back-ordered for six months.

“I just have to sit there and stare at empty shelves and not know what I’m going to do next.”

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The issues started with the 2020 pandemic when baby formula was among the many stockpiled items, and the situation gradually worsened over time.

In 2021, issues arose related to labor disruptions, a shortage of raw materials, transportation issues, and other factors that quickly escalated after Abbott Nutrition recalled several major brands due to reports of four babies who got sick after consuming formula made in a Michigan plant.

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Since the majority of baby formula contains protein sourced from cow’s milk, which is normally easier for babies to digest, those with an allergy to that protein can not easily switch to a brand that’s more readily available.

And while many have suggested that she breastfeed instead, Kayzie told Buzzfeed that such suggestions are more frustrating than they are helpful.

“I could not breastfeed because of Palmer’s immune system and allergy needs. MY breastmilk was slowly killing my baby and if I did not have formula, she would be far worse off.”

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It’s recommended that moms breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months. However, data shows that in 2018 only 26 percent of babies under six months were being breastfed.

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This could be due to a variety of factors, including trauma, medical conditions, and no paternal leave.

Like so many parents, Kayzie had to turn to social media for help while trying to find formula for her baby. Thankfully, she managed to locate 12 cans she said should last her for three months.

“You all don’t know how much this means to me and it’s crazy how social media can be used.”

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You can watch Kayzie’s video below.


Excuse my makeup less crying face 🥺 this #formulashortage is so scary. #formulamilk #formulacrisis #formulafeeding #formulafed #fyp #fypシ

♬ original sound – Kayzie Weedman

You can also watch a video with more on the baby formula crisis of 2022 below.

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