We’ve been preparing for food shortages for a while now, but none of us anticipated not being able to feed babies.
Why Is There a Baby Formula Shortage?
A compounding list of issues has had a domino effect on supply.
First, there was contamination at the Abbott plant in Michigan. This contamination led to four babies getting severe bacterial infections. Two of those children died. Products were recalled and eventually their manufacturing plant was shut down.
Abbott is the contracted WIC Formula supplier, so when their manufacturing went down, WIC moms had to begin using alternatives. This put pressure on other formula brands.