Wisconsin childcare providers struggle through infant formula shortage

As infant formula stock began disappearing from local stores, Kimberly resident Nicole Leitermann started phoning friends and family in Georgia, California and other parts of Wisconsin.

What they found reflected what she was seeing: The shelves were empty. 

“When everybody in those three different states said that Costco didn’t (have any), I was worried,” said Leitermann, who operates Impressions Family Child Care from her home.

One of the children in her care is an 8-month-old. On average, children spend 34 hours a week in regulated care, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

That translates to many bottles of formula every week. 

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Eventually, she resorted to buying a can from the infant’s parents, who currently have a two-month supply.