Baby-Formula Shortage Worsened by Drop in Breast-Feeding Rates

One of the contributing factors to the shortage of infant formula in the US, say health experts, is a dramatic shift in the way parents breastfeed: Breastfeeding has decreased over time. pandemic, reversing a decades-long trend, health experts say.

Since 2020, the percentage of one-year-olds who are breastfed has plummeted from an estimated 34% to an estimated 14% this year, according to surveys conducted by Demographic Intelligence, a forecasting firm specializing in About giving birth and working with formula manufacturers include Abbott Laboratories and Nestlé SA. Due to the small sample size, the company’s 2022 estimate has a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percentage points. Baby-Formula Shortage Worsened by Drop in Breast-Feeding Rates

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