Thursday, July 14, 2022
“New infant formula shipments landing this week from abroad will provide a small reprieve to the Biden administration and low-income Americans still struggling to find formula amid ongoing shortages,” Meredith Lee reports for Politico.
Rural families enrolled in the Women with Infants and Children program are having a harder time finding formula. Read more here.
The formula shortage is also creating more stress for farmworker families. Read more here.
The Biden administration wants to permanently allow carefully vetted foreign suppliers to continue selling baby formula in the U.S. to prevent future formula shortages. Read more here.
The formula shortage highlights the fact that breastfeeding isn’t an option for everyone, and that many workers don’t receive the workplace support they need to do so, says one op-ed. Read more here.
A few weeks ago, Senate Republicans spiked a bill that would have protected more workers’ right to breastfeed. Meanwhile, another bill that would increase job protections for pregnant workers was passed in the House in May, but has not advanced out of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.