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Wilmington parents use Facebook groups to track down baby formula

Wilmington parents use Facebook groups to track down baby formula
Published: May. 13, 2022 at 8:04 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Parents on Facebook are working together to track down baby formula amidst the national shortage.

Baby formula has become increasingly scarce due to supply chain issues. But COVID-19 isn’t entirely to blame; formula-manufacturer Abbott Nutrition had to recall several brands and shut down one of its factories after reports of babies getting bacterial infections from the formula.

Now, local parents are trying to give each other resources to track down formula. Some posts have guides for generic versions of brand name formulas, while others highlight which formulas are in stock at local stores.

Wilmington Moms Group (North Carolina) has close to 10,000 members while a newer group “Wilmington & Surrounding Area’s Baby Formula Search” is approaching 100 members.

Theresa Marchese Babb, the creator of “Wilmington & Surrounding Area’s Baby Formula Search,” laid out the group’s rules in a Facebook post:

“This is a group to help with finding baby formula. If you have a formula you can’t use trade or donate to another mom in need. If you sell it ONLY charge the exact amount it cost. No making a profit or taking advantage of babies in need!”

The Department of Health and Human Services has a new website to help parents with baby formula issues: hhs.gov/formula.

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