I'm a new mom and the baby formula shortage has thrown me into uncertainty, panic and fear

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When my son Joseph was born last August, he was underweight. The doctors recommended I breastfeed and supplement with formula. I was devastated.

He is the first child for me and my husband, and when I was pregnant, I had dreams of exclusively breastfeeding. But like many other families, it wasn’t a possibility.

After I got over my formula hesitancy, I took comfort that Joey was doing well and gaining weight and had a renewed my hope for a bright future for our new family. But it was quickly replaced with a new concern. In January, I noticed growing holes on formula store shelves. 

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Having worked in retail throughout the pandemic, I figured the supply chain issues that plagued the rest of the economy — everything from pet food to toilet paper — was finally and inevitably reaching the formula supply. 

So I started buying extra, mindful of the hoarding mentality that worsened the initial grocery shortages and not wanting to indulge my lurking fears. 

Then the recall hit, and it was hard to put aside my fear. Abbott (the maker of Similac formula, among

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