5 June 2022
Production of baby formula restarted at an Abbott Nutrition plant in Michigan this weekend.
More foreign formula from Operation Fly Formula is also set to arrive in the US this week.
Unable to breastfeed, local mom Sarah Schrote and her family are doing everything they can to get her baby Magnolia Kate the formula she needs.
“She was born so small,” said Schrote. “My dad has Google and eBay alerts for formula, so he checks eBay pretty regularly.”
Schrote has also found success and help by sharing her plight on social media.
“I feel like people were like ‘let me look for you, let me help you,'” said Schrote.
Now, even more relief, more infant formula from abroad, is on its way to the US as part of the government’s Operation Fly Formula program, including shipments next week from the UK and Australia.
Sara Huberman Carbone, pediatrician with One Medical, said formula manufactured overseas is regulated similarly to those in the United States.
“The formula that is being regulated through Operation Fly Formula does meet the health and safety standards of the United States,” said Carbone.
The tricky part comes with the labeling.
The White House announced the shipment of 2 million cans of Kendamil infant formula from the United Kingdom. For example, Kendamil uses grams instead of ounces, and the website suggests milk is at 36.5 degrees Celsius before feeding to your baby, that’s just under 98 degrees Fahrenheit.
“Pediatricians can help families with those calculations, there’s also some great resources families can look at,” said Carbone.
While, it hasn’t happened-yet-some of the formula being brought in to offset the shortage may be in another language. When in doubt talk to your pediatrician, and follow the direction.