Baby Formula Is Out Of Stock Across The Country And Many Parents Are Struggling To Find A Way To Feed Their Infant

By Gina Florio··  2 min read
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It certainly wouldn't be an understatement to say that many American families are going through an economic crisis these days. The coronavirus lockdowns were bad enough, and now we're all feeling the weight of inflation.

There are have been multiple reports of how Americans' bills are increasing and becoming more and more unaffordable. Inflation is causing prices to skyrocket, so everything from fuel to groceries is more expensive than ever. Another crisis being thrown into the laps of Americans today is the shortage of infant formula.

Baby Formula Is Out of Stock across the Country

As a parent, nothing is more stressful than wondering how you're going to put food on the table for your children. Unfortunately, many mothers around the country are also facing the stressful question of how they're going to feed their infants. Baby formula is out of stock at many retailers around the country, such as Walgreens, Target, and Costco. The problem has gotten so bad that many drugstores are limiting customers to purchasing only three formula products at a time due to "increased demand and various supplier issues."

As of March 13, 29% of the most popular baby formula products were sold out. In November that number was 11%, so we've seen an enormous uptick in just the last few months. In Minnesota, 54% of infant formula was out of stock, and Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Texas, and North and South Dakota were seeing at least 40% of the formula products out of stock, according to Datasembly.

"This is a shocking number that you don't see for other categories," Ben Reich, CEO of Datasembly, told CBS MoneyWatch. "We've been tracking it over time and it's going up dramatically. We see this category is being affected by economic conditions more dramatically than others."

Just to give you a point of reference at how many people this affects, 75% of babies in the U.S. need formula in the first six months of their life.

"Product supply challenges are currently impacting most of the retail industry," a spokesperson for CVS Health said. They are working with "national brand baby formula vendors to address this issue and we regret any inconvenience that our customers may be experiencing."

Many brands are doing their best to increase production and restore formula on the shelves of stores everywhere.

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