As baby formula continues to be scarce across the United States, a Louisiana mother relies on a Facebook group to get the formula she needs for her premature newborns to remind others that the crisis is still dire – and should not be buried or ignored.
“We were put in a position where no mothers should be placed,” Amber Bergeron of Sorrento, Louisiana, told Fox News Digital.
“We feel helpless. We feel like, as a community, we’re trying to take care of it instead [the right people] Taking a step back, “she continued.” People don’t pay attention to what’s really going on here and its intensity, but it’s still happening. It’s as if he’s forgotten. “
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She added, “Formula is not something to go without… and the fact that we have problems feeding our babies and it’s going on nationally, it’s ridiculous. It’s disgusting to me because I’m sure these politicians eat children, She said.
“I’m sure they’ll find a way.”
Bergeron, a Sorrento resident, said she and her family suffered from a lack of formula shortly after her twins – daughter Sky (who has a moderate heart defect) and son Storm – were born on April 10, four weeks ago.
Her babies spent about two weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Arrived at 5 pounds, 3 ounces each.
Both babies were iron deficient – and each lost a pound.
Bergron could not find a brand of formula recommended by her family pediatrician that provided the high nutritional levels required for premise, she said. At one point, Bergeron was under a can – just one day would be enough to feed the babies.
“The second formula contains more nutrients, vitamins D, E, K and iron than other formulas,” said Bergeron, who has four children.
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After Sky and Storm were discharged from the hospital, the results of their blood work showed that both babies were iron deficient – and each lost a pound. Bergeron said this happened because she had no choice but to offer her twin children another formula brand that did not contain additional vitamins.
“I’m sure the kids of these politicians eat. I’m sure they’ll find a way.”
Bergeron said doctors do not recommend breastfeeding her, as she is taking prescription medications. Before the birth of her twins, she couldn’t stockpile the formula because she had no way of knowing which brand would meet their health needs.
Bergron said she and her husband Craig spend 500 a month feeding their twin children. She went to contact the hospital where Sky and Storm were born to ask them to buy the formula, but officials told her it was against the policy to sell her, she said.
She added, “When I was under that can, I was very desperate and by my side.”
Over the course of a few months of this year, many American families have been affected by the lack of baby formula.
And FIG Supply chain disruptionProduct recall and closure of Abbott Nutrition’s factory in Sturgis, Michigan, a related manufacturing plant.
Abbott Nutrition is one of the four leading baby formula manufacturers in the US. Its competitors include Nestle USA, Mead Johnson Nutrition and Perigo Pediatrics.
Parents and carers have resorted to alternative measures, such as buying formula online or going out of state in search of a formula.
Many parents have joined social media groups to sell and exchange formulas, including Bergeron himself, who met another mother, Lynn Westman.
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Westman is a Baton Rouge mother who helps four other women run a Facebook group known as “Formula Spotted 225”. On the page, parents post notifications when store shelves are restored by formula.
When Bergron contacted the group after her twins were born, Westman replied.
“I’m angry that five women from Baton Rouge did what the government can’t do, and we’re feeding babies in our area.”
“She immediately contacted me and explained that she was going to end all options to make sure my babies would be fed,” Bergron said of Westman.
“Miss Lynn was able to take care of me when I was in a can [of formula]. “
Westman said Louisiana’s second mother, Victoria Greer, started the group for friends looking for formula.
The two women added after Greer noticed that Westman was posting photos of shelves stocked for her own Facebook friends. Westman was looking for a formula for her own daughter, who is 11 months old.
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Westman became a group administrator and “there was a snowball,” Westman told Fox News Digital in a telephone interview.
She now has her own Baby Formula Pantry at home and is helping 10 to 15 mothers every week.
“I’m angry that the five women at Baton Rouge did what the government can’t do and we’re feeding babies in our area,” Westman said.
Westman has tried to address her local politicians about the issue; She dialed at a town hall meeting in May to discuss the scarcity. She said, however, that the main issues brought up on that particular call were the imposition of social security taxes and the construction of canals to protect against floods.
“Those things can wait,” Westman said. “Kids can’t wait for their next meal.”
Westman said she has helped distant mothers like Mississippi. She either “meets them in the middle” or invites them to visit the Baby Formula Pantry. Westman and her fellow Facebook group members collect donated cans.
She said that on one particular day, a woman drove about 40 minutes to get a can of formula – and lovingly asked Westman for a bottle of water.
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“As soon as I gave it to her, she mixed the formula because her baby was screaming,” Westman recalls.
“In our country, in 2022, we’ve shrunk as Americans – it makes me sick.”
Westman said she makes an offer to every family she meets for the first time – or encourages them to take what they need.
After that, she charges a lower rate for the formula and uses the money to restore the pantry. She also accepts financial donations, which she uses to buy more formulas, she said.
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Bergeron said Westman drove 30 minutes to meet her and gave her eight free cans of the formula. Now, Bergron pays Westman $ 15 per can – $ 5 cheaper than what stores are charging for her brand formula.
“I’m always grateful for this group as well as for family, friends and even strangers for making sure these babies are fed,” Bergeron said, adding that she and Westman have become friends.
Bergern recently received 19 cans of the formula from her parents and some friends.
It has now come down to 10 coaches. “That’s 10 days [of feedings]”She said.