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Mom Says She’s Struggling To Feed Her Two-Month-Old Baby Due To Special Formula Deficiency

A mother has said she is struggling to feed her two-month-old daughter, who was born prematurely due to a national shortage of special formula milk.

Fiadh Rose weighed just 2 pounds and 12 oz when she gave birth by caesarean section at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby last November.

Her mother Shannon Gadd, 25, used breast milk for eight weeks to give her daughter the ‘best fighting chance’, but when her weight continued to drop, she was advised to switch her to Cow and Gate’s Nutriprem 2.

The special formula – which helps preterm and low birth weight babies gain weight – is fortified with key vitamins and minerals to support a baby’s nutritional needs after hospital discharge.

However, due to a shortage, Mrs. Gadd has been unable to purchase the essential product for her baby, leaving Fiadh ill and dehydrated.

Mom Shannon Gadd, 25, has not been able to purchase the special formula milk for her daughter Fiadh Rose

Mom Shannon Gadd, 25, has not been able to purchase the special formula milk for her daughter Fiadh Rose

Fiadh Rose weighed just 2lbs and 12oz when she gave birth by caesarean section at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby

Fiadh Rose weighed just 2lbs and 12oz when she gave birth by caesarean section at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby

Fiadh Rose weighed just 2lbs and 12oz when she gave birth by caesarean section at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby

The mother, from New Holland, North Lincolnshire, said: ‘I was told that Fiadh had stopped growing two weeks before she was born because of a growth problem, so the doctor performed a Caesarean section.

“She was admitted to the NICU for five weeks, where I used bottled breast milk for eight weeks to give her the best chance of fighting.

“But her weight dropped and she needed extra calories because my milk wasn’t enough for her growing appetite.

“I made the very difficult decision to try and convert her to formula with Cow and Gate Nutriprem 2 recommended.

“She loved it, but we last ran out on December 27 and haven’t been able to order anything since.”

Ms. Gadd said her baby got the worst after starting a new formula and needed treatment for dehydration.

She continued: ‘We were doing well until Fiadh got the worst of it on December 28 when she started to get sick from the new formula.

“She took a small amount of milk and then brought it back up, so she was really hungry and upset.

“I was starting to worry about her, so I called 111 and they said I needed to be seen by someone immediately.

“A doctor took us in right away and said Fiadh needed treatment for dehydration.”

Ms Gadd said she now fears the shortage is “taking its toll” on the health of her child, who to this day weighs just 5 pounds.

The mother said: ‘To this day she weighs only 5lbs 6oz and is below her centile – a growth chart that shows where a baby should be at his age.

“I’ve been told how important Cow & Gate’s formula is, but I can’t buy it anywhere.

Fiadh was admitted to the NICU for five weeks last November after being born prematurely

Fiadh was admitted to the NICU for five weeks last November after being born prematurely

Fiadh was admitted to the NICU for five weeks last November after being born prematurely

Ms Gadd said she had been using breast milk for eight weeks to give her daughter the 'best fighting chance', but as her weight continued to drop she was advised to switch her to Cow and Gate's Nutriprem 2 .

Ms Gadd said she had been using breast milk for eight weeks to give her daughter the 'best fighting chance', but as her weight continued to drop she was advised to switch her to Cow and Gate's Nutriprem 2 .

Ms Gadd said she had been using breast milk for eight weeks to give her daughter the ‘best fighting chance’, but as her weight continued to drop she was advised to switch her to Cow and Gate’s Nutriprem 2 .

‘I’ve been to pharmacies and pharmacies in Hull, Scunthorpe, Immingham and Grimsby to be told it’s out of stock.

‘I have tried to contact Cow & Gate to find out that there is a nationwide shortage of this product.

“I feel like I went from pillar to post without any joy.

“How come it’s out of stock when it’s only made for preterm and underweight babies?”

The mother said the change in bottle feeding has given her daughter more reflux and can now see her daughter lose more weight.

She told Grimsby Live: ‘Not using the formula is taking its toll on Fiadh’s health.

The special formula is enriched with important vitamins and minerals to support a baby's nutritional needs

The special formula is enriched with important vitamins and minerals to support a baby's nutritional needs

The special formula is enriched with important vitamins and minerals to support a baby’s nutritional needs

“She started having more reflux and she also started having tarry stools.

“I’m so worried about Fiadh because the doctor has confirmed it’s because of the many dietary changes.

‘The question I now ask is: how am I going to feed my baby?

“We had to go out to get regular milk which we know makes her sick and it’s not fortified enough to make her lose weight.

“I don’t know what to do.”

A Danone representative said, “We’re sorry to hear about Shannon’s story.

“We are dealing with some short term isolated incidents of low availability of our Cow & Gate Nutriprem 2 800g powder formula product.

“We realize how distressing and frustrating it can be for parents to not be able to find the products they need.

‘We are working hard to get the products back on the shelves as soon as possible.

“We are sending stocks of Nutriprem 2 800g products and these should be available in stores by the end of this week.

‘Although this can differ per store and region.

‘We have good availability of our liquid product Nutriprem 2 200ml (same formula), which is also an option.

“In the meantime, we want to do everything we can to help.

“If Shannon wants to get in touch, we can help find supplies or possible alternatives.”

In May last year, a shortage of ready-to-use Cow & Gate and Aptamil formula milk caused nationwide panic among parents.

Tesco, Asda, Boots and Sainsbury’s were among the high streets to report shortages of baby milk.

Singer Paloma Faith said she’d tried Asda and Boots but “in vain,” then tweeted: “The search for Aptamil ready to drink continues…”

Cow & Gate and Aptamil, both owned by food giant Danone, said the shortage was caused by “a problem with an ingredient used to prevent foaming” during milk production.

In 2020, a National Retail Federation survey found that baby food accounted for 13 per cent of the most stolen items from stores in the US.

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