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Amid baby formula shortage, SC’s mum goes viral for story about ‘frenzied’ dad at grocery store


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Like many other parents of young children across America right now, mom Sara Owens of Florence County, South Carolina, is worried about whether or not she’ll have enough formula to feed her daughter. of six months, Naomi Reece.

Given the current shortage of infant formula in many parts of the country, Owens is also concerned for other parents and families who are in the same situation – and she is devastated by the situation as a whole.

“My experience with formula shortages has become a daily concern.”

Owens said she doesn’t think she will ever have to struggle to provide enough food for her baby girl.

“The feeling of your heart racing when you see the bottom of the formula and wonder if you’ll ever be able to find more” is the worst, she told Fox News Digital this week via email. mail.

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“My experience with formula shortage has become a daily concern instead of a weekly concern,” she also said. “I had to start looking almost every day [out of] fear of missing a restocking in store. It went from worry to fear.”

Sara Owens from South Carolina is pictured with her six-month-old daughter, Naomi Reece. (Sara Owens)

Owens told Fox News Digital on Friday, “In the past two weeks alone… my family members have been checking out stores for me in other states. They’re sending me pictures of empty shelves.”

“There are formula milk pallets on our southern border, but our babies don’t.”

She added, “In the beginning, if I couldn’t find the formula in my area, a family member could usually find it where they lived. In the last 24-48 hours alone, the whole experience is become more frustrating, due to the media finding out that there are pallets of infant formula on our southern border – and yet our babies don’t.”

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A few weeks ago, the South Carolina mother was so frustrated with the lack of formula for American infants that she took to social media to vent – and the message she shared on April 25 went viral. To date, it has over 180,000 shares and 34,000 reactions.

Amid baby formula shortage, SC’s mum goes viral for story about ‘frenzied’ dad at grocery store

Six-month-old Naomi Reece is the daughter of Sara Owens from South Carolina. She relies entirely on formula for nutrition. (Sara Owens)

Owens wrote, in part, “My heart broke into 100 pieces in the formula aisle at Walmart today.”

“I saw a clearly distraught and distressed father almost running towards the baby area, where I was also going,” she added.

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“We both ended up looking at the empty formula shelves and he started crying, tears streaming down his face. I asked what formula he was looking for and he said he’d come all the way from the beach after going to all the Walmarts & Targets there and saw that Walmart in Florence had the formula but it didn’t.”

“To see someone cry & [saying] they don’t know what they’re going to do is absolutely heartbreaking and shouldn’t happen in America.”

“I helped him watch and he kept saying, ‘I don’t know what to do, it’s the only formula she can tolerate and it must have a lot of calories. As the tears continued to stream down his face, he said, “I never thought I would cry because I can’t find what my child needs to have!”

Amid baby formula shortage, SC’s mum goes viral for story about ‘frenzied’ dad at grocery store

Many grocery store shelves are empty or nearly empty due to the current baby formula shortage. Fox News Digital staff snapped this photo at a store in New York’s lower Hudson Valley this week.
(Digital Fox News)

Owens also wrote, “I struggled with other parents to find formulas for my child, but to see someone cry and [saying] they don’t know what they’re going to do is absolutely heartbreaking and shouldn’t happen in America.”

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She added: “If our media can cover when we had a toilet paper shortage, they can cover this! … Parents, we need to flood timelines and inboxes with this issue until it’s put to rest. in light and is as big as the toilets paper shortage in 2020! [the] political party or what, our babies matter more!”

Here is his message:

Other people responded to his initial post and shared their own frustration and upset.

One person wrote, “It’s so sad. Pray this crisis doesn’t last. Pray for all moms and dads in one place.”

“So sad. Hope someone can do something about this soon.”

Another wrote: “Only in our new America you can’t feed your starving babies.”

Someone else wrote, “Formula tablets were low here in Kentucky too. I checked. So sad. Hope someone can do something about this soon.”

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Another person simply exclaimed, “This scares me so much!”

Owens said there were no words to sum up the frantic feeling of scrambling to find food for a baby.

Amid baby formula shortage, SC’s mum goes viral for story about ‘frenzied’ dad at grocery store

Parents like Sara Owens (left, with her baby girl) are scrambling to find formula milk amid supply disruptions and a safety recall.
(Sara Owens/AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The new mom said she contacted family members in other states, spent hours searching the internet and even waited in her car in a store parking lot for a delivery truck to arrive. hoping to find what she needed.

“Ultimately, it will take the American people coming together to help each other until the supply issue is stabilized,” she said.

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As reported by Fox News and FOX Business, the current shortage began earlier this year due to supply chain issues, but was later exacerbated by the closure of a formula plant in Sturgis, Michigan. .

In a Friday press release, Abbott Nutrition said that since closing its Sturgis, Michigan plant in February, the company has “airshipped millions of boxes of infant powder to the United States” since its US Food and Drug Administration– factory registered in Cootehill, Ireland.

Amid baby formula shortage, SC’s mum goes viral for story about ‘frenzied’ dad at grocery store

These shelves displayed in a store in New York had very little formula for sale this week.
(Digital Fox News)

Abbott closed its Sturgis plant and issued reminders on certain formulas amid an FDA investigation following complaints that four infants who consumed formula allegedly made at the factory fell ill with bacterial infections. Two of these babies died.

“We spend billions of dollars in other countries and send thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars in formula to our southern border!”

Sara Owens, for her part, is trying to help others like her who are looking for a formula. She helps coordinate donation drops in local areas of her city.

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She hopes the community can come together and help other families in need.

Owens recently posted this additional note on Facebook: “The baby formula shortage runs so much deeper than ‘we just don’t have baby formula.’ Congresswoman Kat Cammack [of Florida] proves it by tweeting a formula case photo on the southern border.”

Here is the tweet she is referring to:

Owens added, “Imagine how many taxpayers or children of American citizens that would feed. We spend billions of dollars in other countries and send thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in formula to our southern border!”

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She also said, “We cannot help others while our own people are starving!

Owens ended with these two hashtags: #feedourbabies and #fightforkids.

Breck Dumas and Daniella Genovese of FOX Business contributed to this article.

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