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Dear Congress: We’re demanding a change in the formula industry

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The national formula shortage has hit a tipping point and the time to speak up is now. Our Co-Founder, Laura Modi, is rallying together the voices of parents and taking those sentiments straight to congress!

Bobbie and the formula crisis

Bobbie is a formula company, but more than that, we are a team of moms who have been there and still are. We’re outraged just like you. This is why we created Hungry for Change, to create advocacy for the 83% of infants who consume formula during their first year of life. This is why we set up a vent line, 1-805-2-LISTEN. We asked for you, parents, to speak out about the changes we need so that we could represent you to congress.

What are parents telling us?

Here are just a few of the frustrations we’ve heard:

It shouldn’t be that one factory closes down and we’re all doomed. I think Congress and everybody needs to get their sh*t together!

Jessica, mom to an 11 month old

I’m frustrated that all the moms in the trenches need to figure this out for ourselves! I hope this crisis fuels change to support mothers, fathers and most of all— children!

Chelsea, mom to an 8 month old

This is the best country in the entire world, but we have baby’s dying, hospitalized daily because they can’t eat. That is unacceptable! It doesn’t matter what party you are in, it doesn’t matter how you vote, it doesn’t matter how you feel. Do what needs to be done to get formula here to feed our babies!

Nicole, mom to a newborn

They raised the price of my daughter’s formula by $4.50 in one week!

Brianna, mom to a newborn

Our letter to congress

The infant formula shortage has highlighted many cracks in the marketplace that must be addressed in order to prevent another crisis in the future. The American people want and deserve the best nutrition for their babies in terms of safety, quality, supply and options. We can do better by our babies.

-Laura Modi, Bobbie CEO and Co-Founder.

Here are the 7 changes Modi proposed in her full letter to congress :

Increase FDA funding to enhance infant formula notification approvals

Diversity manufacturing for new and existing players

Increase access and options for those on WIC

Update nutritional standards for infant formula

Incentivize specific nutritional needs for infants

Establish heavy metal limits

Insurance support for those who can’t breastfeed

What’s next?

We launched Hungry for Change to advocate for our babies and for the changes we need. Call our vent line at 1-805-2-LISTEN to share your emotions, voice concerns, or leave hopeful messages for parents. Keep up with our State of The Shelves on Instagram to get daily updates.

The content on this site is for informational purposes only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Discuss any health or feeding concerns with your infant's pediatrician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay it based on the content on this page.
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The content on this site is for informational purposes only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Discuss any health or feeding concerns with your infant’s pediatrician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay it based on the content on this page.

Meet the Author

Jenny Altman

Jenny is the head of content at Milk Drunk and a writer for all of her favorite wellness and mom sites including Well+Good, Peanut, Motherly and Scary Mommy. Mom to Luisa, she can be found talking bras and beauty with the moms at school and @IAmJennyAltman

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