Southwest Florida mom easing the baby formula shortage

Reporter: Tiffany Rizzo Writer: Paul Dolan
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Baby formula shortage
SWFL Mom helping the baby formula shortage. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Families are scrambling to find formula to feed their children as a shortage intensifies.

The shelves are so empty that the White House is considering using the Defense Production Act to increase supplies.

Moms everywhere worry they can’t find the formula they need to feed their babies.

“Sometimes, like I said, you’ll find that one lone container. And if you’re brave enough to grab that and introduce it to your baby, go for it. If not, it is scary,” said Diane Mazzola.

Mazzola’s baby was born a premie so she doesn’t produce enough milk to feed him.

She said getting the right formula is tough.

Most formula online is out of stock.

For those moms who can’t find the right brand, a Lee Health pediatrician said some moms should consider sharing.

“Kind of the old days of like wet nursing. So if you knew another mom breastfeeding, or a new another breast supply, breast milk supply, those kinds of things, that that had been done for many years,” said Dr. Phillip Mote, of Lee Health.

If Mazzola can’t find formula, she said her plan is to purchase donor milk.

“It is an option for all moms. The problem is, is there are a few people who do donate breast milk. Not many, most of them sell it and it is expensive,” Mazzola said.

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