Actress and first-time mom Olivia Munn is one of the many parents who are on edge over the baby formula shortage.
At last check, 45% of formula products nationwide were out of stock at some point for the week ending May 15, according to statistics by Datasembly that were provided to CNN. And it turns out it could take months before the nation’s supply gets back to normal.
With the current situation in mind, parents like Munn are ‘panicking’ because she ‘depends on formula’ to feed her five-month-old son Malcolm, whom she shares with partner John Mulaney.
Worried parents: Olivia Munn, 41, confessed she’s ‘panicking’ over the nation’s baby formula shortage, like countless other parents around the U.S.
‘It’s so crazy when people say “if you breastfeed you won’t have to worry about the formula shortage!” I have low milk supply, so to keep my baby fed I depend on formula,’ Munn wrote on Twitter.
‘I wish I could breastfeed so I wouldn’t be panicking about the shortage right now. But I don’t have a choice,’ she added.
The shortage of some formulas first emerged last last year, amid the still thriving COVID-19 pandemic. The problem worsened in more recent months due to challenges with the supply chain, product recalls by some American manufacturers and inflation.
‘Low milk supply’: The actress and first-time mother revealed her breastfeeding challenges force her to rely on baby formula
Staggering numbers: 45% of formula products nationwide were out of stock at some point for the week ending May 15, according to statistics by Datasembly that were provided to CNN; Munn shares her five-month-old son Malcolm with partner John Mulaney
In a move to help improve formula production in the U.S., President Joe Biden announced this week that he is ‘invoking’ the Defense Production Act.
‘The Defense Production Act gives the government the ability to require suppliers to direct needed resources to infant formula manufacturers before any other customer who may have ordered that good,’ the President explained.
The Biden administration also launched Operation Fly Formula, in hopes that it will ‘speed up the import of infant formula’ to provide local stores with more of the much-needed product.
‘I’ve directed the Department of Health and Human Services to send aircraft planes overseas to pick up infant formula that meets U.S. standards, so we can get it on the store shelves faster,’ President Biden continued, before adding, ‘And I’ve directed my team to do everything possible to ensure there’s enough safe baby formula and that it’s quickly reaching families that need it the most.’
The White House has made the effort to increase the availability of baby formula one of the administration’s ‘top priorities.’
Taking action: U.S. President Joe Biden announced earlier this week that he’s ‘invoking’ the Defense Production Act, which ‘gives the government the ability to require suppliers to direct needed resources to infant formula manufacturers before any other customer who may have ordered that good’
More action: The Biden administration also launched Operation Fly Formula, in hopes that it will ‘speed up the import of infant formula’ to provide local stores with more baby formula
Munn has been open about her nursing struggles since she gave birth to Malcolm in November 2021.
And by January, T the X-Men: Apocalypse star reached a point of desperation with breastfeeding that she reached out for others’ opinions on the matter.
‘Any other moms takin all the supplements and teas and tinctures yet barely make milk?’ she asked her Instagram fans and followers in the caption of a photo showing all the products she had tried up until that point.
She even took a poll in order to let commenters choose between ‘Y! Lactating is hard’ and ‘Got lucky. Got milk.’
In a follow-up selfie, Munn wrote, ‘8 weeks in and I’ve taken a million vitamins, countless teas, lozenges, tinctures and worked with two lactation consultants. Breastfeeding. Is. Hard.’
She also shared about her breastfeeding woes when she joked how their pet dog was ‘making good use’ of her breastfeeding pillow.
Open book: Munn has been open about her breastfeeding challenges since giving birth to Malcolm in November 2021, resulting in her reaching out to others for potential solutions on social media: ‘Breastfeeding. Is. Hard,’ she confessed on Instagram in January