The Baby Formula Shortage

The baby formula shortage is discussed in The Atlantic in a way that teases out the implications of Covid, manufacturing plants closed by bacterial infection, the effects of a concentrated market almost impervious to competition from imports, as well as the shifting sole source contracts for the WIC program.

But, what of the throwaway line noting that the 2022 baby boom has been accompanied by strikingly decreased rates of breast feeding by American women. Why is that? A place where lack of in-person health care has taken its toll?

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