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Local Wyoming Mom starts a page to help Moms through the Formula Shortage
Wyoming is known to circle the wagons when someone needs help, and that’s exactly what a local mom did when she heard about the baby formula shortage...
Published: May. 16, 2022 at 7:28 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming is known to circle the wagons when someone needs help, and that’s exactly what a local mom did when she heard about the baby formula shortage.

Local Mom Kathy Scigliano started a baby-formula Facebook group on Friday, after seeing a social media post about the formula shortage.

”I was watching tik-tok and saw someone who said they were going to start a Facebook group and um just to basically to get information into their community on where baby formula was and so I thought I can do that,” said Scigliano.

What started as a small group of moms helping moms, has grown to over 100 moms sharing pictures, formula types and stock locations.

”Some women can’t breastfeed so we’re trying to make sure babies are being fed somehow,” said Scigliano.

The Wyoming Department of Health says they are getting reports from the Women’s, Children’s and Infant’s Program (WIC) that they are experiencing shortages as well.

Of the WIC-participating families, a little over 1,100 are eligible for formula through its program.

According to the FDA, there was a formula recall of the largest baby formula manufacturer in February. This along with supply chain issues has added to the backlog we are seeing now.

Health Public Information officer Kim Deti says the agency, also aims to help families with specific health concerns.

”Some babies need specialties formulas for certain medical reasons those are the hardest to get and those are the ones we are having the most trouble finding. Those families would typically get them directly from our WIC offices rather than buying them at the grocery store with their WIC benefit card,” said Deti.

Deti says the department staff is buying supplies to keep WIC families supplied.

“Cheyenne is really great about coming together as a community, so having this Facebook group is just showing that in particular,” said Deti.

If you are a WIC recipient struggling to find formula Deti says to contact your local WIC office for assistance.

If you are looking for baby formula or would like to help moms find formula you can click here.

If you are looking for breastmilk banks you can click one of these links here, here or here.

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises not making homemade formula recipes as they may malnourish infants.

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