Why baby formula supply is low, and what’s being done about the shortage

For months, U.S. parents and caregivers have been contending with dwindling supplies of baby formula. But in recent weeks, the products have been especially hard to find, forcing some retailers to limit purchases as the Food and Drug Administration scrambles to respond to the crisis.

Roughly 1 in 4 parents exclusively breastfeed their children up to the age of 6 months, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leaving the overwhelming majority of parents and caregivers at least partially dependent on formula.

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