TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WAWV/WTWO) – A nationwide recall on specialized baby formulas has left limited options for many families.
Recent recalls on Similac Specialized Baby Formulas have added another stressor to the formula shortages that already exist.
Wabash Valley Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) said they had experienced a shortage long before the formula recall.
“Before the recall it was supply chain issues, and issues with the metal containers that formulas were packaged in,” Breast Feeding Care Councilor Melissa Barrett said.
Barrett said because of the limited supply more women are breast feeding.
“Almost 65% of mothers who deliver try have tried to breast feed,” Barrett said.
However Barrett said since that’s not always an option for all moms, it’s better to buy in bulk.
“You may not get what you need that day, so it’s important to make sure you always have a can or two on hand,” Barrett said.
Local Sullivan County Resident Cathlene Synder had her first child in January and said she didn’t anticipated limited formula access to be an initial stressor.
“Learning how to navigate colic, sleep training, teething, diapers, as well as how to be a mom, were at the forefront of my mind,” Synder said.
Synder said those stressors on top of the current formula shortage has her concerned.
“When you have a baby they are fully helpless and fully reliant on you for all their need, and wants, and desires,” Synder said. “To not be able to do something as simple as find the food that you know digestive system can accept, takes a toll on your mental health.”
Synder said because of the limited supply she’s had to order Lyla dairy allergy specific formula online through the U.K.
“There’s only 1 or 2 options at the stores right now in the United States,” Synder said. “It’s a lot more expensive to have to pay shipping, but at least I know I’ll be able to find it when I need it.”
Barrett said it’s important for all parents to understand that babies 6 months or younger can only tolerate formula or breast milk.