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New Jersey mom starts Facebook group to help parents find hard-to-get formula

Hundreds of parents struggling to find formula for their children are now turning to social media. This is especially true for those with babies with special dietary needs.

“That’s all we found – one here, one there. And now, no store has it in New Jersey,” says Stephanie Esposito.

The Clark resident says it has been stressful trying to feed her son Dominic, who is about to turn 8 months old.

“When you’re a parent and your job is to support and feed your child and you can’t – what are you supposed to do? What is a parent supposed to do? There’s nowhere,” says Esposito.

Due to allergies and other sensitivities, Dominic can only use one specific formula – Nutramigen Ready to Feed. Esposito says his son’s tiny body can’t take other formulas, which means he won’t absorb the nutrients he needs. The family was able to find the Nutramigen formula thanks in part to family members in other states, but Esposito says she’s worried it won’t last.

“It’s very heartbreaking. What are you doing? I can’t imagine opening my closet and not seeing any formula there,” says Esposito.

That’s why she started a Facebook group called “Formula Finder – NJ”, asking parents, grandparents or anyone else who wants to help post what formulas they’ve found and where.

“Go to that store and take a shot, and now it’s all over New Jersey and people are finding what they need, which is fantastic,” Esposito says.

The group grew to 2,400 members in just 10 days.

Anyone can post to the Facebook group, but Esposito asks users not to buy or sell formula there. She says she hopes this will stop scammers from taking advantage of desperate parents.