The viral video of a mother on Camp Pendleton sharing with the world about her difficulty in finding baby formula for her child for the rest of the week made the plight of mothers with young children visible and known. The baby formula shortage is affecting the Commissaries within the United States and its overseas stores. Per the commissary, the stock is about 50% of its typical stock, a little higher in overseas commissaries. They recognize the issue and are working to remedy it.
While the supply chain changes are affecting all stores, the Defense Commissary Agency, DeCA, recognizes that the supply chain uniquely affects its customers, especially overseas patrons. With the limited amount provided to stores, there is less to sell. This can lead to panic buying by those who do see it- but the commissary recommends not doing this as it will further limit the availability of the stock. Each commissary has placed a limit on the number of formula containers can be purchased, and it varies per commissary so make sure to check with your local commissary.
It is thought that the shortage will last about sixty days, the time-period it will take for the production to increase enough to provide the needed amount. Then it will depend on delivery schedules and ordering ability to get the items to the stores.
As per the Federal Drug Administration’s recommendations, it is advised that individuals should not make their own formula at home. It is also recommended to discuss any
If You Are In Europe
DeCA has an alternative resource for formula in Europe through local companies so there may be more options in the commissaries located on bases in Europe.
If You Are In the Pacific
DeCA is researching local options for formula for the commissaries located in the Pacific.
If you have a child who has a medical illness requiring certain formulas, you can request a prescription from your TRICARE provider but this applies only to certain conditions. Make sure to ask your child’s medical provider.