Empty store shelves have prompted parents to start taking matters into their own hands.
“Anybody who has a baby under a year old, there’s nothing available.”
Trying to track down formula for her baby Brianna has been so hard for Tricia Sanford, that she and Bri’s father Bryan Kondratko have had to call in the reserves.
“We definitely don’t have time during the day to drive store to store,” Sanford said. “We have family members out looking for it.”
A few days ago, Tricia was getting desperate and was down to her last four bottles. That’s when she called her pediatrician.
“I was going to call to see if they had any alternatives, and they said they had samples and asked if we could come pick them up,” she said.
Needless to say, Sanford raced over and got enough formula that should last Bri until she’s a year old and will be able to switch over to the toddler formula, of which there is no shortage.
But so many other families aren’t having the same luck and that prompted politicians in both Washington and Lansing to announce efforts to help. In the meantime, the state health department does *not* recommend making your own formula or diluting the formula you have to make it last longer.
But as Tricia knows, desperate parents will do whatever they have to.
“When they’re used to a certain kind, and then you immediately switch them-- I mean, she was miserable for 3 days before our pediatrician gave us what she’s been using for the last 8 months.”
Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that her office would prosecute any cases of price gouging when it comes to selling baby formula.