Free exchange of formulas to help parents in the event of a shortage
American parents stressed by the recent baby formula shortage now have a new way to find it: a free online formula exchange.
Keiko Zoll, a mother from Massachusetts whose premature son once used formula, started the swap herself.
“All I’m trying to do with this website is connect people who need formula with people who have it,” Zoll told NBC 10 from Boston. And feeding our babies is a human right.
Parents looking for a formula can go to the exchange site and register in a few minutes. The form asks for basic information – like name, phone number and email – but also if there’s a specific type of form you need and the method of communication you prefer.
If you are a person with a formula to give, the registration process is just as simple. The exchange then connects the giver to the person in need, and they take it from there.
No amount of money can be exchanged using the tool. Zoll built the site with her time and money, and she really wants it to be completely free.
“Cost should not be a barrier to feeding our children,” she wrote on the exchange site. “This is a self-help platform and no paid transactions are allowed between formula requesters and providers. We trade humanity, not dollars.
The formula shortage in the United States began in February 2022, when a Michigan formula factory closed following a recall. Four babies have contracted bacterial infections after consuming factory-made formula. Two died.
Combined with ongoing supply chain issues, the temporary plant shutdown resulted in a shortage of formulas on store shelves. (Breastfeeding does not resume immediately on demand and has its own challenges, especially for working women.)
Help is on the way – formula maker Nestlé has announced it will start transporting formula from Europe to the US as soon as possible, and other manufacturers are also ramping up production – but it may take some time. weather.
The exchange of formulas is now operational and connects the parents concerned to the donors. And check out our tips on what to do if you’re having trouble finding formula for your little one.