We were blessed with the fact my wife was able to nurse all of our children up to about for roughly 13-15 months on average.
While we never had to worry about formula, it was always there. "Breast is best but formula is not abuse" is a proverb my wife routinely quotes to moms facing the nursing vs. formula question. And we know two children who would not be here today if formula had not been an option.
But in 2022, the formula is not there. Especially for babies with digestive issues.
Baby formula is essential for baby growth. Many babies or mothers are not able to breastfeed or have other nutritional needs.
Emrie Colegrove's daughter, Wilhelmina, has a heart condition and uses soy formula. That has been something difficult for Colegrove to find. For the past two months, she has not been able to find the one her daughter tolerated well in stores.
"With her heart condition, calories and weight gain are super important," said Colegrove, "Otherwise, her heart won't heal. So. when you think as a mom, those million thoughts just go through your mind. It's really scary to think that your baby is not going to get the nutrition that they need."
She was able to find a generic brand at one store, which she has been using.
However, she also wants people to understand that the correct formula can be pricey, if it is not covered by WIC. Plus, driving to multiple stores with climbing gas prices adds up.
"I can't believe how much worse it's getting before it's getting better," said Colegrove.
There are no words.
But while every little bit helps, a little bit isn't enough.
And the shutdown is especially grating given this fact:
Last month, however, the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told NBC News none of the bacterial strains taken at the Abbott plant matched those collected from the infants, and the agencies haven't offered an explanation for how the contamination occurred.