TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The US Food and Drug Administration is “working around the clock” to deal with a nationwide shortage of baby formula, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Empty shelves on the baby formula aisle across the country have some stores limiting the amount of formula shoppers can purchase.
Some parents are frazzled because of the shortage.
“I’ve seen moms in the store crying in the formula aisle because they can’t find their baby’s formula,” said Ashley Kolwicz, the mother of a newborn.
Recalls and supply chain issues are listed as the reasons behind the shortage.
The share of baby formula out of stock across the country climbed to 40% at the end of April, according to info from Datasembly. The number is up from 29% in March.
Physicians are encouraging parents struggling with the shortage to reach out to their pediatrician.
“We do have samples given to us by some of the formula manufacturers that come to our office so I know that we have formula samples as well,” Dr. Sara Siddiqui with NYU Langone told NBC News.
She says parents shouldn’t water down baby formula to make it last longer or try creating their own, both could be dangerous for your children.