The baby formula shortage: How policies impact mothers and infants' access to breastmilk
The baby formula shortage has families scrambling.
The crisis began after manufacturer Abbott recalled some powdered baby formulas in February, after investigations into a whistleblower’s tipoff last October. Four infants were hospitalized with bacterial infections and two have died.
This hour on Where We Live, we’ll talk with a researcher of feminist economics about how U.S. maternal leave policies impact a baby’s access to breastmilk, and why formula milk is promoted in low-income communities of color. We’ll also discuss the societal shaming of women who formula feed.
As Abbott aims to restart production, we’ll look at resources available to families. We’ll also weigh in on the regulatory process and other factors that accentuated this crisis and explore long-term solutions.
Dr. Leslie Sude, pediatrician at Yale Medicine Pediatrics, recommends the following resources:
- National Infant Formula Shortage Patient Information, Yale New Haven Health
- Where to Buy Similac
- The Connecticut WIC Program
- Temporary Formula Substitution List for Recalled Similac
- Healthy Children
Nicole Leonard: Health Reporter, Connecticut Public Radio
Samantha Schenck, PhD: Assistant Professor of Economics, Central Connecticut State University. Research interests include feminist economics.
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