Local Clothing Store Helps With Formula Shortage
The Brazos Valley community is stepping in to help struggling mothers during the baby formula shortage.
BRYAN, Texas — The nationwide shortage of infant formula has been nothing short of a calamity for mothers struggling to feed their babies.
It’s probably one of the worst shortages in the midst of many, which is even more difficult for new mothers like Myra Thatcher who just had her first baby.
“He was a premature baby born at 28 weeks. And we’re on special Nutramigen or InfaCare and couldn’t find any in the stores, we drove to Austin yesterday to look, there was nothing.” Thatcher said.
Fortunately, several people from the Brazos Valley donated to the local children’s store, child to child to Brian.
“Yesterday we received three cases of one type and then about seven cases of another type. We’ve given them all out since this morning and are currently very low,” said store manager Sara O’Bannon. .
O’Bannon, a mother herself, understands the hardships mothers face across the country. She explained how many mothers came away relieved that the store had cans available.
“To see that weight taken off their shoulders. Mothers came up to us and said, oh, we just opened our last box or I have enough for three bottles,” she said.
Although Kid to Kid didn’t have Thatcher’s specific formula, she was able to get some from her doctor and through support groups. A recommendation to other mothers, following groups like baby feeding support on Facebook.
“Contact other mums, contact on Facebook, on social media, contact your doctors specifically. We got some samples from them when we were in a short,” Thatcher said.
O’bannon said no mother would be left behind in this shortage.
“Hang in there, we know what’s going on and we’re going to work to fix it, and we’re going to stick together to help you out until we get to that point,” O’Bannon said.
To join Kid to Kid’s baby helper training, contact them on Facebook.
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