Breastfeeding taskforce

Mums rethink feeding plans as formula shortage worsens

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — The worsening baby formula shortage is hitting many families, and breastfeeding parents are no exception.

The latest report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that more than 80% of Wisconsin mothers start breastfeeding.

Wanda Rott, Lactation Specialist at Froedtert, teaches new moms how to breastfeed their babies.

“It’s the healthiest option for, I think, the newborn and families,” Rott said.

Rott said he’s seen an increase in mothers wanting to breastfeed, but doesn’t think it has anything to do with the growing shortage of formula.

A pediatrician with attorney Aurora Health Care told CBS 58 that she’s seen mothers who are more reluctant to stop breastfeeding.

“I think there is an urgent need to try to continue breastfeeding, despite the current climate which is not very conducive to extending breastfeeding beyond the neonatal period,” said Dr Jenny Thomas. .

Thomas said many mothers stop breastfeeding and switch to formula when they return to work because the expression in the workplace is too difficult to manage.

“A formula shortage or these supply chain issues underscore the importance of supporting new moms in the workplace, so they can continue to give breastmilk to their children,” Thomas said.

Thomas told CBS 58 that she sees moms who are doing everything they can not to make the switch just yet.

“The moms in my practice are very inspiring and will try to do things to overcome a drop in supply that usually accompanies returning to work,” Thomas said.

If breastfeeding is not an option, doctors may prescribe breast milk for a baby.

“There are places around that distribute donor milk to families who want it. It’s expensive, but it’s available,” Thomas said.

When it comes to making a baby’s feeding plan, doctors want you to consider all of your options.

“Every mother should kind of assess her own wants and desires and maybe take the time to do her own kind of research when she’s pregnant to find out maybe what she might be comfortable with,” Amanda Richter , lactation consultant at Froedtert, said.

Doctors said it was also possible for mothers who recently stopped breastfeeding to recover their milk supply. They recommend contacting your own doctor for help.