This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.
With 43% of baby formula out of stock across the country due to supply disruptions at the nation’s largest plant, images of empty shelves and desperate mothers have been flooding social media.
But don’t try to take matters into your own hands, moms. According to the New York Times, pediatricians “strongly advise” against trying to make baby formula at home.
Some are rationing food or driving to stores hours away only to find empty shelves. Others are heading online to look up homemade baby formula recipes that use anything from powdered goat’s milk to raw cow’s milk.
But pediatricians warn that do-it-yourself baby formulas carry significant health risks. -NYT
“Homemade formula is dangerous for babies,” said Dr. Katie Lockwood, an attending physician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Primary Care. “Regular formula is F.D.A.-regulated and held to very high standards, the same way we treat medications. Making it at home is a lot riskier.”
Steven Abrams, spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics, said “The nutrients in homemade formulas are inadequate in terms of the critical components babies need, especially protein and minerals.”
Homebrew baby formula can also contain “an excess of materials or nutrients, like salt, which a baby’s developing kidneys or liver may be unable to break down.”
What’s more, babies can suffer from “water intoxication,” – where the “baby might get too much water” if the balance of nutrients and liquids are off, according to Dr. Suzette Oyeku, chief of academic general pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, in New York City.
What’s their solution? Call your doctor! Go to a charity! Use cow milk in a pinch!
“The first call any parent or caregiver struggling to track down baby formula should make is to their child’s pediatrician. They may have formula samples on hand, or be able to help connect you with local charities or breast milk banks that can help.”
In a pinch, babies over six months — with no known allergies — can have pasteurized whole-milk cow’s milk for a brief period of time until parents are able to find formula. While not ideal in large part because it does not provide sufficient iron, it’s preferable to offering them homemade formula or diluting store-bought formula with water, Dr. Abrams said.
The Abbott Laboratories baby formula plant in Sturgis, Michigan was shuttered by the FDA nearly three months ago after receiving four reports of infants who were hospitalized with bacterial infections after consuming the formula from the facility – two of whom died.
The company reportedly failed to repair aging drying machines.
So, the origin of the baby formula pocalypse was Abbott management's refusal to repair dilapidated and failure-prone drying machines turning the plant into proverbial petri dishes for cronobacter, because…
They needed that $5.73 billion for stock buybacks, obvs pic.twitter.com/GBmn3n4SWn
— moe tkacik (@moetkacik) May 11, 2022
According to NBC Boston, the FDA announced on Tuesday that it would allow ‘some’ products from the shuttered Abbott facility to be released on a “case-by-case” basis.
Now, the FDA is saying it will not object “to Abbott Nutrition releasing product to individuals needing urgent, life-sustaining supplies of certain specialty and metabolic formulas on a case-by-case basis.”
Abbott, meanwhile, says it will take at least two months before baby formula from the plant can return to store shelves.
“We understand the situation is urgent – getting Sturgis up and running will help alleviate this shortage,” the company said in a Wednesday statement.
“Subject to [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] approval, we could restart the site within two weeks,” the statement continues “We would begin production of EleCare, Alimentum, and metabolic formulas first and then begin production of Similac and other formulas. From the time we restart the site, it will take six to eight weeks before the product is available on shelves.”
One has to wonder…
Why hasn't @JoeBiden used the Defense Production Act to order the production of baby formula?
Why haven't our journalists, who insisted that Trump invoke the Act during the pandemic (necessary or not), demanded Biden do so?
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) May 12, 2022
It’s being sent to the mexican border for all the “refugees”. There is no shortage for them, just for YOU! My don’t you feel important now?
And Biden is apparently shipping pallets of formula to the border for illegals…
Things have completely flipped, just ten years ago most men wanted to be married and have children but women in general didn’t want to be married or have kids. Having a job or career was more important. My how things have really changed. It seems quite the opposite now. Marriage rates have plummeted with no end in sight, and with that a collapsing birth rate. Thousands and thousands of on-line videos have been made in the last few years with women asking where are the men. It appears a lot men are saying screw it. They would rather not have all the hassles and responsibilities and problems that come with marriage and taking care of families and dropping out of all that. Women now outnumber men by more then 3 to 2 in college and there are probably more women in the national work force than men but a poll shows that most men don’t care. Besides falling marriage rates and falling college rates, men are also no longer buying homes. About half of the people who work at my job are women. Over the past few years I have heard almost everyone say they rather be married and not have to work a 9 to 5. Some have even complained out loud they can’t find a husband and that today’s men don’t even ask women out to date anymore. More and more women are opting to have children outside of marriage now, then complain how tough things are. A social shift has occurred, men are not interested in traditional institutions anymore.
Can you blame men for what they feel? Women nowadays are desperate gold digging whores. They think men are nothing but walking wallets and to be treated like crap. Especially from the millennial females. I like watching the men humiliate those bitches by lying to them. Using them for sex, etc while they play their stupid, jealous, female games. Getting them pregnant then leaving them. I guess you millenial whores weren’t all that, were you. Lmfao Get over yourselves.
Can you blame men, everything we do is wrong, in a divorce even if the wife doesn’t work or contribute in any way, the man loses half his things he worked for, if there are kids involved then hafta pay child support till 18, sometimes longer even if the father doesn’t get to see said kids, then the woman trashes the man to everyone, so why bother nowdays
Why no daily total of the number of babies who have died of malnutrition and starvation as a result of this shortage?
The numbers must be truly staggering, working against some agenda, or they would be available.
How it works —
“Inulin, a dietary fibre found in the roots of many plants, has positive effects on health. It is particularly noteworthy due to its positive impact on calcium metabolism. Inulin has significant functions, such as improving calcium absorption through passive diffusion, bolstering calcium absorption via ion exchange and expanding the absorption surface of the colon by stimulating cell growth. In addition, inulin boosts calcium absorption by increasing calcium solubility, stimulating levels of calcium-binding protein expression and increasing useful microorganisms. It increases calbindin levels and stimulates transcellular active calcium transport. An inulin intake of least 8-10 g/day supports calcium absorption and total body bone mineral content/density in adolescents through its known mechanisms of action. It also significantly enhances calcium absorption and improves bone health in postmenopausal women and adult men. Sustained and sufficient inulin supplementation in adults has a positive effect on calcium metabolism and bone mineral density.”
So, it is has been given to improve lactation.
It’s official now, thanks to gov’t policy and gov’t intervention it’s easier to get crack pipes than to find baby formula. How much longer must we endure another you gotta be sh*tting me fiasco in a long line of fiascos. The senile prezzJB (and everyone knows it but pretends otherwise) and the criminal organization that “manages” him are driving the country into the ground. Who thinks it’s not intentional.
Here’s how the .gov will fuck this up for the working families.
The WIC program buys about 50% of the baby formula in the US, but they are only allowed to buy a couple brands for the program. There is a shortage of those brands so the Congress is bringing an emergency bill to the floor that will allow WIC to buy any formula for it’s program.
Now there will be even LESS formula for the working families because you cannot compete with .gov and win. DC deciding winners and losers…and if you are a taxpayer, you lose.
WIC, just another way aholes armed rob me to pay for their shit! FK them!
What did women do before baby formula? Are you telling me that all the women in China India and other countries use baby formula too? For all you guys (and gals) who like fat, ugly women with bad attitudes and worse tattoos, you’ll love the US.
ID, you got that right. Most women I see are fat and/or with attitudes of entitlement. They think they are real prizes. And the number of single women with a kid is unbelievable. There are some attractive ones, but their sense of entitlement is off the charts. I’ve had a girlfriend occasionally but the demand for all the preferential treatment on their part was nuts, like they’re doing you a favor. I almost got married once, but when I found out how she behaved at a girls night out thing just a few days before the set day I said good riddance. I just don’t play the game anymore. If you approach some of them they act like you are beneath them, but if you ignore these same ones they think you got a problem and even talk shit about you. I admit it, I have occasionally visited a local “business lady” and pay for “companionship”. No strings attached and we’re actually friends. I don’t need or want the rest of the bs that comes with having a wife or girlfriend. Someone else can have it.
So what is MSM’s answer? Let your baby starve rather than give the baby homemade formula that will save it’s life? That seems pretty counter productive.
Can we send homemade formula to the border?
I was smart and never made babies. Too bad about the baby formula shortage but it’s not my problem. The government is responsible for creating this problem. Most women love big government. Besides, the government takes our money to pay a vast underclass of women to have babies and get all kinds of benefits, let them figure it all out. I figure you would be hard pressed to find a guy who’s not a family man that cares about the baby formula problem.
“I was smart and never made babies.”
So if you parents had been smart, you wouldn’t be here!
another facet of depopulation.
What’s their solution? Call your doctor!
Unless the doctor can nurse your baby what good will that do? At the best the Doctor can give you a formula to make your own baby formula at home, which the government just told you is dangerous to do!