Amid a shortage of infant formula in the United States, a mother in Utah has come forward to help by selling more than 118 liters of her breast milk to the needy.
In an interview with Dr. Fox13, Alyssa Chitty reveals that her mother has three freezers full of milk. He joked, “I think I’m running away from home, so I can help someone else. I know I have over 3,000 ounces. 3,000 ounces below and about 1,000 above.”
According to media outlets, at first, Mrs. Chitty tried to donate to a milk bank, but due to a lengthy process, she set the price of her breast milk at 1 per ounce. But the Utah-based woman added that she would be willing to talk to other parents because she understands that they are going through a child formula deficit in the country.
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Talking Fox13, Mrs. Chitty highlighted that some babies have specific baby formulas due to stomach upset. He said that even his own daughter was a bit “colic” and knew how difficult it would be to handle such situations.
“I know many mothers need specific formulas for babies with bad stomachs, and I know how difficult it can be when they are upset. There is nothing you can do about that abdominal pain,” said Mrs. Chitty.
Fox13 It was reported that a few days after the interview aired, Mrs. Chitty began to receive negative feedback about her decision, which forced her to stop selling breast milk. But it is important to remember that buying and selling breast milk online is completely legal in the United States, but it is unregulated.
Citing the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) order, the media outlet said that when human milk is obtained directly from individuals or via the Internet, donors are unlikely to be screened for the risk of infectious diseases or contamination. On the other hand, it involves weeks of screening for donating milk to a bank.
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Meanwhile, accordingly Guardian, The lack of a major child source is causing frustration and fear among parents in the United States. The crisis was exacerbated when, in February, a major formula manufacturing center shut down production and withdrew several brands of powder formulas, suppressing supplies that had already hardened due to supply chain disruptions and stockpiling during COVID-19.
This has created a crisis as shelves in the supermarket are empty. This has managed to limit the number of containers customers can purchase per visit to retailers. Moreover, the Joe Biden administration faced intense pressure to do more to reduce the deficit, after which the White House announced that it was taking steps to address the crisis.