MYRTLE BEACH S.C. (WBTW) — A Myrtle Beach mother has searched all over the Grand Strand for baby formula for her daughter.
Heather Dye, a first-time mom, has even traveled out of state but has had no luck finding the formula for her daughter, Olivia Brantley, who is lactose intolerant.
Dye said her daughter is allergic to something in the powdered formulas as well and that the only formula her daughter can have is liquid Nutramigen Ready to Feed Formula.
Olivia drinks one and a half of the Nutramigen bottles a day. Right now, Dye has five of those bottles left.
“We’re starting baby-led weaning,” Dye said. “So she’s beginning to eat people food and stuff, just not anything dairy, so I think that we’re going to try to start maybe cutting back to formula if possible, just until we can find some because her bottle she drinks eight to nine ounces per bottle.”
Dye said she’s searched all over the Grand Strand, everywhere from big-name retailers to small retailers, with no luck. Even Amazon is out of stock.
“I went as far as Grantsboro, North Carolina, and they had four bottles on the shelf, but by the time we got there, it was gone,” Dye said.
Dye’s message for parents in her situation is to not give up.
“I know that everybody is struggling right now and there’s a shortage at every place, but I wish they would go for the formula that they need, not what’s convenient because not every baby can handle the powder kind, or not every baby needs the liquid kind,” Dye said.
Dye also suggests parents join mom and community Facebook groups. She said a lot of people using those forums are willing to help.