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‘Life Or Death For These Kids’: I Talked To 3 Moms Who Can’t Find Formula To Feed Their Children

The formula my twins use has been sold out for months. 

Since we’re feeding two hungry babies, I always purchase the largest containers I can find at Sam’s Club. When the twins were born last May we settled on Member’s Mark Sensitivity, which is the off-brand version of Similac Pro-Sensitive, because it was the only one that didn’t make my 34-week preemies vomit and cry from gastrointestinal distress. It’s also much less expensive than the name brand version. We typically go through a 48 ounce container every week.

Parents who use formula know that switching brands is not the same thing as swapping from Heinz ketchup to Hunt’s. Many babies can only tolerate certain formulations, especially when you factor in food allergies and intolerances. 

Mainstream media is now, finally, starting to address the nationwide formula shortage, if only to say they’re aware of it. Outgoing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during

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