The lack of baby food continues to inhibit those who are parents of small babies

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Times are trying for Taylor Miller and Brianna Burton, two sisters who are mothers of young children, as they struggle to find baby food.

“About a month ago we couldn’t find anything in stores,” Miller said. “We literally had people from California to Delaware trying to find formulas to send to us and nobody could find anything.”

According to Datasembly, a site that tracks item availability, the baby formula out-of-stock rate is currently 31% nationwide.

They say the number stayed between 2% and 8% in the first half of 2021, while rising to 11% in the second half of the year.

“I went to the grocery store almost every day trying to find the formula and there was nothing,” Burton said. “There was literally nothing there.”

So what’s the reason?

dr Victoria Regan is at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and she said the biggest ongoing problem is supply chain issues.

“In fact, infant formula production has been down a bit since last year,” said Dr. Regan, the vice president of women’s and children’s services at the hospital.

Additionally, earlier this year, Abbott Nutrition had a major formula recall.

Regan says things are slowly picking up again, but won’t see any significant improvement any time soon.

“Unfortunately, it’s going to take some time,” Regan said.

dr Regan told ABC13 that babies who don’t need special formula can mix and match the formulas they are given, but says this becomes more difficult as older babies get used to a particular brand.

She also recommends checking in with your pediatrician, especially if your baby has special dietary needs if you’re having trouble finding formula at retail stores.

ABC13 has confirmed that Target, WalMart, Walgreens and CVS have capped the amount of formula individuals can purchase.

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