Baby Food

Everything you need to know about the baby formula shortage

Major retailers are now limiting the amount of baby formula that customers can buy, in response to the baby formula shortage that’s causing growing panic across the country.

CVS, Walgreens and Target are among the stores putting limits on how much formula customers can buy at one time.

“Following supplier challenges and increased customer demand, we’ve added a limit of three baby formula products per purchase in our stores and online,” a spokesperson from CVS said.

“We’re continuing to work with our baby formula vendors to address this issue and we regret any inconvenience this causes our customers.”

A Walgreens spokesperson said: “Due to increased demand and various supplier challenges, infant and toddler formulas are seeing constraints across the country. Similar to other retailers, we put into effect purchase limits of three per transaction on all infant and toddler formulas to help improve inventory. We continue to work diligently with our supplier partners to best meet customer demands.”

Target is limiting online purchases of formula as well.

According to Datasembly, a retail data analysis company, baby formula shortages were at 23% in January “and have continued to worsen, showing (out of stock) levels now at 31% as of April 2022.”

The shortages are due to a combination of “inflation, supply chain shortages, and product recalls,” Datasembly founder and CEO Ben Reich said in a news release. “We expect to continue to see the baby formula category being dramatically affected by these conditions.”

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