Her baby is allergic to a number of substances available in baby formula substitutes.
Formula-feeding parents are being put to the test right now, with the percentage of out-of-stock formula reaching a high of 43 percent in the week ending May 8th. This nationwide shortage is affecting several children across the country who are having difficulties adapting to other substitutes.
One mother has gone popular on TikTok after uploading heartbreaking photos of what it's like when she can't obtain the formula her kid requires, reports Scary Mommy. She displayed photos of empty store shelves with adorable, plump infant faces tainted by a hideous, red rash. Kayzie Weedman said in the video, "Let’s talk about the formula shortage that is plaguing the US right now, because more people need to know about this."
The most recent recall was made on three different types of formula after four infants were hospitalized with bacterial infections.— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) May 13, 2022
And a mom named Kayzie Weedman recently decided to give some insight into what it's like for parents who formula-feed their kids. pic.twitter.com/jR1w4PA7xA
She further adds, "You go to your local Target, your local Walmart, and you think you're going to get the formula your baby needs? Nope. Shelves are bare. And there are babies who can't have just any formula that’s on the shelf." Palmer, Weedman's child, is allergic to cow's milk protein, which means she can't use most normal newborn formulas. Palmer is also gluten, soy, and goat's milk intolerant.
She continues, "So, what am I going to do when I go to the shelves and can't get the formula that I need? The pharmacist who fills her prescription formula can't fill it because they can't get it—it's back-ordered six months and I just have to sit there and stare at empty shelves and not know what I'm going to do next." She further expressed her hopelessness, "What are we going to do? Where do we go from here? How do formula moms feed their kids?"
For some American mothers, the baby formula shortage has been "very scary". This is what happens to Kayzie Weedman's baby girl when she can't find the specialty formula she needs https://t.co/55JRpL9cVu pic.twitter.com/xDtv2iSC7g— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 19, 2022
Weedman told Buzzfeed that she initially saw the formula supply dwindling in December of last year, but stores have been totally empty since the last three months, and panic has set in. She said, "She does not have the ability to switch to any formula that is left on the shelf because MOST formulas have all of her allergens and she breaks out in a horrible rash that turns into boils and scabs, she has trouble breathing and wheezing, and she constantly throws up."
Weedman claims that individuals have even suggested to her that she "breastfeed or try harder," which she finds annoying. She said, "I could not breastfeed because of Palmer's immune system and allergy needs. MY breastmilk was slowly killing my baby and if I did not have formula, she would be far worse off."
The $28 million baby formula bill pays $23 million in salaries and does NOTHING for the shortage. pic.twitter.com/jpQcxSIutf— Tim Burchett (@timburchett) May 19, 2022
Fortunately, she's gotten enough formula to last the next couple of months, thanks to the enormous reach of her video, including contributions from as far away as Australia. While the Abbott factory that was shuttered due to contamination will supposedly reopen in a few weeks, shelves will not be refilled for another 6-8 weeks.
The White House has taken steps to assist parents, including expanding WIC benefits to include more types of formula, encouraging states to waive packaging regulations so that formula can reach shelves faster, and urging the Federal Trade Commission and state officials to crack down on price gouging.
Cover Image Source: Kayzie Weedman/Facebook