Emily Stanley’s 5-month-old daughter was born prematurely, meaning she has a sensitive stomach and needs special formula. Maar, as gevolg van die tekort, Stanley has resorted to feeding her child whatever formula she can find.
“I’ve driven about an hour away to find what I could that’s not even what we’re normally giving my 5-month-old daughter,” het sy gesê “jakkals & Vriende.” “There’s pretty much nothing on the shelves here in town.”
Russell Bleck, a Kentucky father of two, said the shortage is so bad in his area that he doesn’t even have the option of switching to a different brand.
Bleck said his efforts to find formula were fruitless, with even Amazon sold out. After two hours on the phone with a formula company, Bleck said he gave up searching. He had placed orders with five different retailers, and all but one were canceled.
“Our family and friends from Las Vegas and other places – Ohio – have had to send us formula,” he told host Ainsley Earhardt. “It’s how we’ve been able to get through it.”
Stanley also turned to loved ones in other parts of the country to ship formula to her. Out of precaution, she asked a friend to send a box that didn’t feature the formula’s brand name.
“Here in town, they’ve been locking up the formula up front to make sure there’s nobody stealing. So we were concerned that if it was well recognized in the mail, that somebody might pick it up,” sy het gese.
She said many stores are limiting formula purchases, and she’s only able to buy about a week and a half worth of formula at a time.
“That’s just kind of scary knowing that after that, it’s just unknown if you’re going to be able to find something,” sy het gese.