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How Bad Government Policy is Fueling the Infant Formula Shortage

Parenting can be stressful, especially for first-time parents. In 2022, many parents are having a particularly rough time because of a nationwide baby formula shortage. Retailers are placing limits on how much formula parents may purchase at one time, and in some parts of the country, a shocking percentage of store shelves are empty. Here’s a map showing which states were hit worst by the shortage in early April.

Some parents who were relying on formula can switch to breast milk, but that’s not always an option. Many parents supplement breast milk with formula, and there are a range of reason why some mothers cannot breastfeed at all.

Why is there such a formula shortage? The proximate cause was a recall of formula produced by Abbott, but that was only the triggering event. In a well-functioning market, any temporary shortage caused by the removal of one company’s product from

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