Allie Seckel, the mother of a 10-month-old in Kodiak, Alaska, launched the Formula Exchange Group on Facebook in January when the baby formula shortage was just beginning.
“It was something I had noticed,” Seckel told Fox News Digital. “Certain formulas here and there were starting to be a little bit harder to find. But I definitely did not anticipate it to be the extent it’s at now.”
Parents affected by shortage are ‘in tears’ at the store
The baby formula shortage began with ongoing supply chain issues — and escalated due to recalls by formula manufacturer Abbott Laboratories, FOX Business previously reported.
The recalls followed the deaths of two infants who reportedly consumed formula made at the company’s plant in Sturgis, Michigan.
In a recent statement to FOX Business, Abbott Laboratories said, “A thorough review of all available data indicates that the infant formula produced at our Sturgis facility is not likely the source of infection in the reported cases and that there was not an outbreak caused by products from the facility.”
Major retailers such as Target, Walmart, Walgreens and CVS have limited purchases of formula in some cases, yet many parents are panic-buying.
Seckel said she’s also seen “desinformación” about formulas being discontinued or recalled.
“It’s creating extra panic on top of an already stressful situation,” Seckel said. “It’s just a mess.”