DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Mothers are scrambling to find one of the hardest items in the grocery store right now — baby formula.
For two International Certified Lactation Consultants at Southeast Health, who are also mothers, this is new to them.
“The 20 years almost 20 years that I worked here I have never seen a formula shortage like what we’re dealing with right now,” Beth Turner said.
The shortage has caused mothers to try other options like breastfeeding their babies, and if they have enough supply, mothers are starting to donate their milk to a bank.
“We accept donations who are screened through Mothers Milk Bank of Alabama and when they donate the milk we are a depot, we take it and take care of the shipping and we purchase it back to take care of the babies in the NICU,” Marie Johnson said.
But even the bank is finding it hard to get donations — they have to reach out to past donors. The depot at Southeast Health, the only one in the Wiregrass area has only two donors.
“I had one donor donate 700 ounces Monday,” Johnson added.
With the uncertainty of the production of baby formula, nurses hope mothers will realize the importance of breastfeeding.
“I hope this will encourage moms to give breastfeeding a try,” Turner said. “We both get voicemails every day of moms calling and concerned asking if we can help them get their babies back to breast or relocate so they can pump.”