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The nationwide baby formula shortage is now hitting close to home in Iowa

Four-month-old Poppy Fynaardt is fresh from a nap and ready to eat. Her mother Emma is lucky this week. She has plenty of infant formula at her Ankeny home to prepare. But gathering the baby food was not easy.“It is stressful. I have family members that will go to stores to look to help us try to find some as well,” Fynaardt saidFynaardt and millions of mothers like her are having a hard time finding formula. Last fall a major formula maker, Abbot Nutrition, recalled some of its products after complaints of illness and even death. In addition, supply chain issues are causing a slowdown in production. Many store shelves are empty.Missy Reams says the problem is a burden for low-income clients at the Bidwell Riverside Food Pantry in Des Moines.“We do have some baby food but we don’t’ have any formula at all to offer anyone.” Reams said.Reams said they usually give out 60 to 80 formula containers a month. Last month it was just six.“We’re not aware of how we can get a hold of formula right now. It is for sure a need in our community,” Reams saidSo now, Fynaardt gets up at 4 a.m. to be the first online at the Target website to order formula. It’s another challenge for a new parent.“It causes a lot of anxiety, a lot of stress. You know being a parent is stressful anyway. this is my first time. I never imagined I would have to look high and low for formula,” Fynaardt said.Fynaardt said she’s seen price gouging on Craigslist and weird formula substitutes on social media. Doctors warn it is unwise to water down formula to make it last longer.More from Todd Magel:

Four-month-old Poppy Fynaardt is fresh from a nap and ready to eat. Her mother Emma is lucky this week. She has plenty of infant formula at her Ankeny home to prepare. But gathering the baby food was not easy.

“It is stressful. I have family members that will go to stores to look to help us try to find some as well,” Fynaardt said

Fynaardt and millions of mothers like her are having a hard time finding formula. Last fall a major formula maker, Abbot Nutrition, recalled some of its products after complaints of illness and even death.

In addition, supply chain issues are causing a slowdown in production. Many store shelves are empty.

Missy Reams says the problem is a burden for low-income clients at the Bidwell Riverside Food Pantry in Des Moines.

“We do have some baby food but we don’t’ have any formula at all to offer anyone.” Reams said.

Reams said they usually give out 60 to 80 formula containers a month. Last month it was just six.

“We’re not aware of how we can get a hold of formula right now. It is for sure a need in our community,” Reams said

So now, Fynaardt gets up at 4 a.m. to be the first online at the Target website to order formula. It’s another challenge for a new parent.

“It causes a lot of anxiety, a lot of stress. You know being a parent is stressful anyway. this is my first time. I never imagined I would have to look high and low for formula,” Fynaardt said.

Fynaardt said she’s seen price gouging on Craigslist and weird formula substitutes on social media. Doctors warn it is unwise to water down formula to make it last longer.

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