Actress and first-time mom Olivia Munn is one of many parents who are nervous about formula shortages.
When last checked, 45% of formula products nationwide were out of stock at some point for the week ending May 15, according to Datasembly statistics that were provided to CNN. And it turns out it could be months before the country’s supply returns to normal.
With the current situation in mind, parents like Munn are “freaking out” because she is “formula dependent” to feed her five-month-old son, Malcolm, who she shares with partner John Mulaney.
Worried parents: Olivia Munn, 41, admitted she was ‘freaking out’ over the nation’s formula shortage, like countless other parents in the US
“It’s so crazy when people say ‘if you breastfeed you won’t have to worry about formula shortages!’ I have a low milk supply so to feed my baby I depend on milk mothered,’ Munn wrote on Twitter.
“I wish I could breastfeed so I don’t panic about the shortage right now. But I have no choice,” she added.
The shortage of certain formulas first emerged last year, amid the still-blooming COVID-19 pandemic. The problem has worsened in recent months due to supply chain issues, product recalls by some US manufacturers and inflation.
‘Low milk supply’: The actress and first-time mother revealed her breastfeeding issues forced her to rely on formula
Staggering numbers: 45% of formula products nationwide were out of stock at some point for the week ending May 15, according to Datasembly statistics that were provided to CNN; Munn shares five-month-old son Malcolm with partner John Mulaney
In an effort to help improve formula production in the United States, President Joe Biden announced this week that he was “invoking” the Defense Production Act.
“The Defense Production Act gives the government the ability to require suppliers to direct necessary resources to infant formula manufacturers before any other customers who may have ordered that good,” the president explained.
The Biden administration has also launched Operation Fly Formula, hoping it will “speed up the importation of infant formula” to provide local stores with more much-needed products.
“I’ve ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to send planes overseas to pick up infant formula that meets U.S. standards, so we can get it on store shelves faster,” he said. continued President Biden, before adding: “And me”. I asked my team to do everything possible to ensure that there is enough safe formula and that it gets to the families who need it most quickly.
The White House has made the effort to increase the availability of infant formula one of the administration’s “top priorities.”
Take action: US President Joe Biden announced earlier this week that he was “invoking” the Defense Production Act, which “gives the government the ability to require suppliers to direct necessary resources to manufacturers of infant formula before any other customer who may have ordered this product”.
More action: The Biden administration has also launched Operation Fly Formula, hoping it will ‘speed up the importation of infant formula’ to supply local stores with more baby formula
Munn has been open about her breastfeeding struggles since giving birth to Malcolm in November 2021.
And in January, the X-Men: Apocalypse star reached a point of desperation with breastfeeding that she asked others’ opinions on the matter.
“Are there other mothers who take all the supplements, teas and tinctures, but barely make milk?” she asked her Instagram fans and followers in the caption of a photo showing all the products she had tried so far.
She even took a poll to let commentators choose between ‘Y! Lactation is difficult” and “I was lucky. Have milk.’
In a follow-up selfie, Munn wrote, “8 weeks later I’ve taken a million vitamins, countless teas, lozenges, tinctures and worked with two lactation consultants. Breastfeeding. East. Hard.’
She also shared her nursing issues when she joked that their pet dog was “using well” her nursing pillow.
Open book: Munn has been open about her breastfeeding challenges since giving birth to Malcolm in November 2021, which led her to reach out to others for potential solutions on social media: “Breastfeeding. East. Hard,” she confessed on Instagram in January
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