If you have a baby, chances are you’ve noticed empty shelves where infant formula used to sit at your local grocery store.
Formula shortages are affecting some of the youngest and most vulnerable people in our society. The shortage is caused by lingering COVID issues with the supply chain, shipping problems, labor shortages, along with a recall of powdered infant formula that shut down a major facility in Michigan.
Nationwide, retailers report that 43% of formula is out of stock. Some stores are even limiting how much people can buy at once. Those with low income are having an especially hard time coping with the shortage because they can’t afford to stockpile or pay higher prices for the products. The shortage really hurts families who get benefits like WIC.
For this reason, two military mothers who happen to have infants were heading to Dugway, Utah for a 3-week training session when they heard that Utah is particularly hard-hit by the shortage. They decided to do what they could to help, pumping extra milk for weeks, then freezing it in special breastmilk storage bags.
The soldiers, who hail from North Carolina and Alabama respectively, delivered around 800 ounces of healthy breastmilk to the Mountain West Mothers’ Milk Bank!
According to their website, “Mountain West Mothers’ Milk Bank is to promote infant health and nutrition by screening, processing, and dispensing donor human milk, in addition to advocating for and promoting lactation and breastfeeding.”
That means that once a donor is accepted, they can donate as much milk as they can manage without having to be screened again. Mountain West Mothers’ Milk Bank is accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. There are many organizations like this one around the nation for any lactating mom who wants to keep her babies fed!
Our military members do so much to serve our great nation. This is just another example of how they recognize a need in their community (and beyond!) and do what they can to help. Our hats are off to you!
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