Baby formula available in Sauk Valley, although selection is limited – Shaw Local

Baby formulas can be found in the Sauk Valley, although the selection of brands is not as varied.

“There is a formula,” said Lisa Wiggins, director of maternal and child health at the Lee County Health Department. She said she and her Whiteside County Health Department counterparts had called stores to track availability.

This is backed up by independent reporting from the Gazette and the Telegraph, which visited stores in the area and found a formula to sell. Some stores had empty slots in their displays, but none of the stores visited were out of stock. One store even sold infant formula at a discount.

Although the effects of a national shortage – the result of a major brand recall and supply chain issues – are less felt in this area, concerns remain.

Above all, Wiggins hopes families aren’t making decisions based on misinformation, especially social media suggestions, such as diluting mixes to stretch supplies or even making their own from scratch.

Wiggins wants to dissuade anyone from making homemade formulas from recipes posted on social media. The United States Food and Drug Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics have issued strong warnings against this, saying that these recipes do not meet nutritional requirements and may even have adverse health effects on infants.

She acknowledged that some families might feel at a loss if their doctor had prescribed one of the brands that are not available, such as those affected by the voluntary recall issued by Abbott for Similac, Alimentum and EleCare which was manufactured in February at his Sturgis, Michigan, facility.

In this case, mothers should contact their doctor and see if they can change the prescription to an available brand.

Once a new prescription is obtained, the health department will work to correct EBT cards issued by the Women Infants Children Nutrition Program, she said.

WIC is a nutrition program for low-income women who are pregnant, have recently had a baby, or are breastfeeding, and for children up to age 5.

The WIC program lists formula brands that are not affected by the recall: Enfamil Infant, Enfamil Gentlease, Enfamil Reguline, Enfamil ProSobee and Enflamil AR.

In Northern Illinois

In McHenry County, shortages are called unprecedented and in DeKalb County stores, sales are being rationed.

McHenry’s Kelly Kaleta, whose newborn, Carter, was born prematurely at five pounds, three ounces, can’t locate the formula her doctor prescribed: Similac Neosure.

“It’s literally untraceable,” Kaleta said. “We can’t even order it online. My husband had to travel all the way to Chicago, and he bought the last five from the store.

The formula shortage is “unprecedented,” McHenry County Health Department spokeswoman Lindsey Salvatelli said.

Some stores are placing limits on the number of boxes of formula that can be purchased, said Kay Chase, women’s, infants and children’s coordinator for the DeKalb County Health Department. She also saw people selling boxes of formula, even those given out for free by WIC, for profit on social media and eBay.

“It’s horribly sad to see the hoarding, price gouging and reselling happening,” Chase said. “Formula is the main form of nutrition for babies during the first year of life. Babies need formula to be healthy, grow and be well nourished.

Data assemblywhich tracks infant formula inventory at more than 11,000 stores, found the nationwide out-of-stock percentage was 43% for the week ending May 8.

“It’s awful having to walk into store after store, and when you walk in the shelves are almost bare,” said Lois Repede of Carpentersville, who has welcomed newborns with her husband of 14 years. “It’s definitely the worst. I never had a problem getting the formula I needed until I had this baby.

Repede pulls it off, however, thanks to a vast network of family and friends who pick up the bottles as soon as they see them on store shelves.

“Supply chain challenges, product recalls and historic inflation” are the three factors driving the infant formula shortage, Datasembly chief executive Ben Reich said in a statement. Press.

Formula tablets on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at a store in Woodstock.  Due to a recall and supply chain issues, infant formula has become hard to find.

Abbott said in a statement Wednesday that it could reopen the affected Abbott plant in two weeks if the federal Food and Drug Administration gives approval. The company would first begin production of EleCare, Alimentum, and metabolic formulas, then would begin production of Similac and other formulas.

It would take six to eight weeks after the site restarted for the product to hit shelves, the company said.

Pregnancy care centers in McHenry County, such as 1st Way Life Center in Johnsburg, are also starting to struggle to maintain a steady supply, said director Judy Cocks.

“This is just the beginning,” Cocks said. “New clients call unexpectedly because they are desperate. I expect that to continue. … It’s frustrating for everyone. And it’s very sad. We are really against that. »

Dr. Adam Barsella, a Northwestern Medicine pediatrician who practices in St. Charles, said he has worked with new parents to find alternatives, including using a generic version of a similar formula and making online purchases. line.

“People are hesitant to change formula because they may be worried that the baby will spit up more or have abdominal pain, but there won’t be much harm to the child by changing formula,” he said. -he declares. “Generic formulas are similar to branded formulas, and they must have certain safety and quality measures if they are on the market. I think sometimes anything generic has a negative stigma, but I almost always recommend generics in medicine because they are almost exactly equivalent to the brand name product.

Formula tablets on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at a store in Woodstock.  Due to a recall and supply chain issues, infant formula has become hard to find.

Jennifer Kleckner, an outreach nurse at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital’s Breastfeeding Center, recommends parents consult with their infant’s caregiver about the safest feeding options for their baby.

This can include donor breast milk or possibly re-lactation in certain circumstances, she said.

The best thing parents can do, Barsella said, is to plan ahead.

“The main thing parents need to know is that they are not alone. There is a team of people who can help find a solution,” he said. “Use your pediatrician’s office as a resource. Parents shouldn’t panic, although I’m sure they feel some anxiety.

Stay-at-home mom Nicki Young, who lives with her husband near Johnsburg, said she was struggling to find the formula she needed for her five-month-old son, Jack, who she suspects is intolerant to lactose.

“I get 22 ounces a week, but it doesn’t last,” Young said. “I’m not panicking yet, but it’s weird. I understand this is part of the material and shipping shortage, like anything we can’t find.

Martin E. Berry