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In the midst of the lack of infant formula, SC mother goes viral for a post about “hoisting” father in the grocery store

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Like many other parents of toddlers across America right now, mother Sara Owens of Florence County, South Carolina, is worried about whether she will get enough breast milk substitute to feed her six-month-old daughter, Naomi Reece.

Given the current lack of formula In many parts of the country, Owens is also concerned about other parents and families who are in the same predicament – and she’s generally sad about the situation.

“My experience with lack of formula has become a daily concern.”

Owens said she did not think she would ever struggle to get enough food for her baby girl.

“The feeling that your heart is accelerating when you see the bottom of the formula can and wondering if you will ever be able to find more” is the worst, she told Fox News Digital this week via e- mail.

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“My experience of lack of formula has become a daily concern instead of a weekly concern,” she also said. “I have had to start searching almost every day [out of] fear I would miss a stock refill. It has gone from worry to fear. “

Sara Owens of South Carolina is pictured with her six-month-old daughter, Naomi Reece.  (Sara Owens)

Sara Owens of South Carolina is pictured with her six-month-old daughter, Naomi Reece. (Sara Owens)

Owens told Fox News Digital on Friday, “For just the past two weeks … I’ve had family members check out stores for me in other states. They send me pictures of empty shelves.”

“There are pallets of infant formula at our southern border – but our babies do not have any.”

She added: “In the beginning, if I could not find the formula in my area, one of my relatives could usually find it where they live. Just in the last 24-48 hours, the whole experience has become more frustrating, due to find out in the media that there are pallets of infant formula at our southern border – but our babies do not have any. “

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A few weeks ago, the South Carolina mother was so frustrated by the lack of infant formula for America’s infants that she took to social media to deduce – and the post she shared on April 25 went viral. To date, it has over 180,000 shares and 34,000 reactions.

Naomi Reece, just six months old, is the daughter of Sara Owens of South Carolina.  She is completely dependent on breast milk substitute for nutrition.  (Sara Owens)

Naomi Reece, just six months old, is the daughter of Sara Owens of South Carolina. She is completely dependent on infant formula for nutrition. (Sara Owens)

Owens wrote in part, “My heart cracked to 100 on the formula aisle at Walmart today.”

“I saw an obviously hectic and desperate father who was almost on a run, walking towards the baby area, where I was also going,” she added.

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“We both ended up looking at the empty formula shelves and he started crying and tears rolled down his face. I asked what formula he was looking for and he said he was driving all the way from the beach after walking to all the Walmarts & Targets there and saw that Walmart in Florence had the formula, but it did not. “

“To see someone cry and [saying] they do not know what they want to do, it is absolutely heartbreaking and should not happen in America. “

“I helped him look, and he just kept saying, ‘I do not know what to do, this is the only formula she can tolerate, and she must be high in calories.’ As the tears continued to flow down his face, he said, ‘I never thought I would cry because I can not find what my child should have!’

Many grocery store shelves are empty or almost empty right now due to the current lack of infant formula.  Fox News Digital employees took this picture at a store in the lower Hudson Valley area of ​​New York this week.

Many grocery store shelves are empty or almost empty right now due to the current lack of infant formula. Fox News Digital employees took this picture at a store in the lower Hudson Valley area of ​​New York this week.
(Fox News Digital)

Owens also wrote, “I have struggled with other parents to find formulas for my child, but to see someone cry and [saying] they do not know what they want to do, it is absolutely heartbreaking and should not happen in America. “

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She added: “If our news media can cover when we had a shortage of toilet paper, they can cover this!… Parents, we need to flood timelines and inboxes with this issue until it is brought to light and made just as great a trade like toilet paper shortage in 2020! No matter what [the] political party or whatever, our babies mean more! “

Here are her posts:

Other people have responded to her first post and shared their own frustration and sadness.

One person wrote: “It’s so sad. Praying for this crisis does not last. Pray for all mothers and fathers in one place.”

“So sad. I hope someone can do something about this soon.”

Another wrote, “Only in our new America can you not feed your hungry babies.”

Another wrote, “The formula shelves were low here in Kentucky, too. I checked. So sad. I hope someone can do something about this soon.”

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Another person simply exclaimed, “This scares me so bad!”

Owens said there is not a word to sum up the hectic feeling of struggling to find food for a baby.

Parents like Sara Owens (left, with her infant daughter) struggle to find infant formula in the midst of supply disruptions and a safety recall.

Parents like Sara Owens (left, with her infant daughter) struggle to find infant formula in the midst of supply disruptions and a safety recall.
(Sara Owens / AP Photo / Eric Gay)

The new mother said she reached out to family members in other states, spent hours searching the Internet and even waited in her car in a store parking lot for a van to arrive hoping to find what she needed.

“Ultimately, it will take the American people to come together to help each other until the supply issue is stabilized,” she said.

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As Fox News and FOX Business have reported, the current shortage began earlier this year due to supply chain problems, but was then exacerbated by the closure of a formula factory in Sturgis, Michigan.

In a press release Friday, Abbott Nutrition said that since closing its Sturgis, Michigan facility in February, the company has “air-transported millions of cans of infant formula to the United States” from its US Food and Drug Administrationregistered factory in Cootehill, Ireland.

These shelves displayed in a store in New York had very little baby substitute for sale this week.

These shelves displayed in a store in New York had very little baby substitute for sale this week.
(Fox News Digital)

Abbott closed its Sturgis plant and issued reminiscent of certain formulas amid an FDA investigation following complaints that four infants who ingested breast milk substitutes allegedly manufactured at the factory became ill with bacterial infections. Two of these babies died.

“We spend billions of dollars in other countries and send thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in formula to our southern border!”

Sara Owens, on the other hand, tries to help others like herself who are searching for formula. She participates in coordinating donation deliveries in local areas of her city.

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She hopes the community can come together and help other families in need.

Owens posted this additional note on Facebook recently: “The lack of infant formula is so much deeper than” we just do not have infant formula. “Congressman Kat Cammack [of Florida] prove it by tweeting a picture of cases of formula at the southern border. “

Here is the tweet she referred to:

Owens added, “Imagine how many taxpayers or children of American citizens would feed. We spend billions of dollars in other countries and send thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in formula to our southern border!”

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She also said, “We can not help others while our own people are starving!”

Owens is done with these two hashtags: #feedourbabies and #fightforkids.

Breck Dumas and Daniella Genovese of FOX Business contributed reporting to this article.

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