Mothers in the Garden State described the challenges they’re facing amid the baby formula shortage.
The mother of an 8-month-old, Liliana, said her family from Mexico is “coming next week, and they are bringing some formula.“
“If my family didn’t come, I’d be very, very worried,” Liliana added. She said she would consider moving to Mexico if she can’t find formula.
Supply chain issues from the COVID-19 pandemic created limited availability of many products, including baby formula. The problem became worse when Abbott Laboratories, a top baby formula provider, recalled some products and closed a plant following a Food and Drug Administration probe.
President Biden announced Wednesday he would invoke the Defense Production Act to ensure manufacturers have necessary supplies for baby formula production.
“We just moved from breast milk to formula, so it’s pretty stressful,” Vera, the mother of a four-month-old, told Fox News. “We’ve just been trying to buy as much of the formula that he’s been eating as possible … and trying not to think about what happens when that runs out.”
Some retailers, including Walgreens and CVS, have rationed their supplies.
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“It’s a terrifying thought that we won’t be able to provide the nutrients we need to our babies,” Christina, who said she’s days away from giving birth, told Fox News.
“When they’re infants, that’s the only source of nutrients they’re getting,” Christina said. “If you cannot breastfeed, if you’ve chosen not to breastfeed, that’s all that you have.”
Vera told Fox News: “I’ve had a neighbor drop off some formula just so we have backups
Retired Russian colonel Mikhail Khodarenok said any talk about Ukraine being able to counterattack is a “big exaggeration,” just a day after he criticized Russia’s military operations in Ukraine saying the situation for Russia could “get worse.”
Speaking to a Russian state TV channel on Wednesday, Khodarenok said, “When people talk about Ukraine acquiring the ability to counterattack, well it’s a big exaggeration. And as concerns the actions of our supreme command, there is every reason to believe that the implementation of these plans will in the very near future give Ukraine an unpleasant surprise.”
He also said it would be impossible for the Ukrainian armed forces to gain aerial supremacy in the next few months, and in terms of gaining naval supremacy, he said, “while our Black Sea Fleet is in the Black Sea, Ukraine’s Black Sea Fleet having supremacy is out of the question.“
On Tuesday however, Khodarenok said information being spread about a “moral or psychological breakdown” of Ukrainian armed forces is not even “close to reality.” He also said Ukraine could arm 1 million people, and that Russia needs to consider that in its operational and strategic calculations.
“The situation for us, will frankly get worse,” he said on Tuesday. He also criticized Russia’s geopolitical isolation from the world, and prior to the invasion he warned that it would be more difficult than many anticipated to wage war in Ukraine.
Earlier reporting from CNN’s Tim Lister, Anastasia Graham Yooll and Taras Zadorozhnyy.Setbacks in Ukraine trigger rare criticism of Russia’s war effort by Russian bloggers