An Ozarks mother creates Facebook group to find baby formula

Published: May. 19, 2022 at 11:13 AM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 3:36 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - One mother in the Ozarks hopes social media can help others find baby formula.

Haley Gullion never thought anyone would join her Facebook group for moms to find, sell or help out others in the baby formula shortage. She says it has taken a life of its own. It caught fire with more than 500 members in a few weeks. Many happened Friday.

Gullion created Formula Finds a few weeks ago because she felt a need to share where baby formula was available in stores or online. Gullion says she does this to help ease the process for moms who already have a lot on their plate.

“It’s scary,” said Gullion. “Babies, especially under six months, when they can’t even have solids like there’s nothing else they can have, it is breast milk or Formula. So it’s kind of a scary position to be in, not to have like the only thing that would keep them nourished and fed.”

Gullion said she offered what she could.

“There were a lot of posts about people not finding stuff, and then there were a lot of posts of people posting pictures of the shelves, and it was kind of all over the group’s feed,” said Gullion. “So I thought it might be easier to kind of streamline those pictures into one page.”

Gullion said that the group is taking off.

“We’ve really had a lot of people joining in the last couple of weeks, which I think the more people that join, the better,” said Gullion.

One mom, Jessica Gatewood, said before joining the group, she went to great lengths to get Formula.

“We have driven to Neosho. Carthage, we’ve gone everywhere,” said Gatewood. “I’ll get on the phone, call, and if they have it, then we raced over there.”

Gullion said the main reason for this was to help all moms, so they don’t have to get desperate such as making homemade Formula, which Tawana Frazier, a nutritionist with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said is the wrong path to go down.

“Homemade recipes are going to be lacking a lot of nutrients that infants need for critical growth,” said Gullion. “Some of the ingredients as well can carry the risk for foodborne illnesses.”

But Gullion hopes that moms won’t have to use a group like this one day.

“(The) end goal is that the problem is solved, and we don’t even need the group anymore,” said Gullion. “So I’m kind of hoping that that’s the thing.”

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