Mother Emily Gendig and her family waited on a tarmac late last month in hopes to find baby formula for her infant child, describing the shortages as a "big panic" and a "terrifying feeling."
According to msn.com, Gendig is the mother of a 7 month old with a dairy allergy who waited on an Indianapolis tarmac to receive a special brand of Nestle formula.
She noted in an interview with MSNBC that she "can't just supplement with anything" and could only use one specific brand.
"It is a big panic because we just don’t know, Because she has that dairy allergy, we can’t just supplement with anything, and she can’t tolerate Similac, so we can only buy that one brand, and one type for her or she doesn’t sleep and she’s in excruciating pain. So it’s a battle and it’s a terrifying feeling to know that you can’t find it," she said.
The infant requires a specific mix of both breast milk and formula, but the family has struggled to keep the formula on hand, with both parents, who travel across central Indiana for their jobs, searching endlessly in their travels for it.
Baby formula shortages have been plaguing the nation for months as part of the ongoing supply chain crisis.
The disaster was exacerbated in late February when Abbott Laboratories recalled its product following the deaths of two infants who reportedly consumed formula made at the company's plant in Sturgis, Michigan.
At the beginning of May, the Biden Administration was facing criticism as 40 to 50 percent of baby formula was out of stock and in at least 26 states while the administration was sending pallets of baby formula to illegal migrants on the southern border. By the end of May the shortages were up to 70 percent.
Congress eventually passed a $28 million bill to help combat nationwide baby formula shortage that specified "emergency supplemental appropriations to address the shortage of infant formula in the United States for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for other purposes."
On May 22 Nestlé flew a shipment of formula, including the special brand Gendig needed, into Indianapolis airport. While Gendig described it as a "big relief" the crisis may not abate for some time.
The Department of Health and Human Services have said they will assign an Inspector General to investigate the Biden administration's response to America's baby formula shortage.
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