A double edge sword: High gas prices have parents wasting money driving to find formula

The baby formula selection at Walgreens, 1920 SE Washington Blvd., was sparse on Thursday, amidst a national baby formula shortage

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Important Takeaways:

  • New Bern mothers search for relief as baby formula shortage worsens
  • It started with a voluntary recall from Abbott Nutrition, the largest infant formula manufacturer in the country, involving three types of infant formula in February. Four babies became sick with bacterial infections after consuming the products. Two of the infants died in late 2021 and early 2022, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Two months later, stores across the country began reporting shortages and outages of baby formula.
  • Because of supply chain shortages, consumers were already seeing a limited supply of baby formula products on the shelves. Nearly 40% of popular baby formula brands were sold out at retailers across the country at the end of April, according to USA Today – worsening a 31% shortage two weeks prior to the recall.
  • As the supply of baby formula continues to worsen, mothers in New Bern say they are searching far and wide to ensure they can properly feed their children. So much so that some mothers are asking others if they are selling their breast milk.
  • Coupled with the high gas prices, Carter said it’s like a double-edged sword where you can’t find basic things for your child while wasting gas money looking for necessities.

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