A staple of your family's diet may be getting harder to find.
Supply chain disruptions, Food and Drug Administration regulations, and product recalls are to blame for nearly 40 percent of the country's baby formula supply being out of stock. The conversation has made its way to Capitol Hill, where Republicans on Thursday demanded the Biden Administration do more to address the shortage. In response, White House officials said they are working with the FDA to cut some of the red tape limiting foreign products from being imported and working with domestic manufacturers to produce more. Door County Medical Center lactation consultant Jessica Skinner advises families who rely almost exclusively on formula to look into alternate brands not affected by product recalls and use social networks to track down excess supply.
For families who use formula as a supplement to breast milk or for expectant mothers on the fence about breastfeeding and formula, Skinner says there are more options.
Door County Medical Center opened its Baby Milk Depot over two years where close to 10 donors have donated over 3,000 ounces of milk to be distributed to local families and to members of the Mother's Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes.