Pasco mother shares struggles from formula recall, shortage

Pasco mother shares struggles from formula recall, shortage

PASCO, Wash. – “I’m honestly not sure what to do at this point,” Pasco mother Brianna White said.

Brianna is one of many parents on the hunt for baby formula after a recall was issued in February.

However, that’s not the only problem parents ran into.

“The issue that is the supply, before the recall and just got worse,” WIC Coordinator Rebecca Hanson said.

Brianna said it’s a good thing she stocked up for her six-month-old Zoey, when she did.

“I was lucky enough at the time to have like, eight cans, because every time I go to the store I buy a can,” she said.

But like most six month old’s who rely on formula or breastmilk for their nutrition, Zoey likes to eat.

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“She’s on her last can now and we still cannot find any formula I’ve called all the Walmart’s, I’ve called all the Albertsons, I’ve called all the Targets in the Tri-Cities and nobody has them,” she said.

WIC Coordinator for Tri-Cities Community Health, Rebecca Hanson, said they’ve been hearing from panicked and worried parents, for months.

Luckily, they’ve been able to expand what formulas WIC users can purchase.

“What WIC did is that they authorized us to offer alternative formulas; we also included more brands of formulas into our system,” she said..

Rebecca has employees dedicate entire days to calling nearby stores and asking about their formula inventory.

Their office in Pasco has also seen a trend since the recall and shortage. Rebecca said more women are returning to fully breastfeeding or pumping. She said their office is constantly renting out hospital-grade pumps.

Brianna, who also uses WIC, is worried she’ll have to switch her daughter’s formula, which is easier said than done.

“It’s not that easy, no, it can tear up her stomach. It’s just really stressful for not only me but every mama who’s dealing with this issue,” she said.

Rebecca said WIC users can call them for assistance.

Otherwise, she recommends calling stores, or suppliers to track down formula.