The manufacturer of the baby formula for the two girls said it was out of stock. She would have to pay up to 120 dollars for a single can. She expressed her desperation when she found a seller who was selling 10 cans for $40.

I have two children and I can't find it. I can get this today. I can pay with cash.

A recent recall by Abbott Nutrition, a manufacturer of baby food, has made it harder for parents to keep up with a nationwide shortage of baby formula. The FDA said at least four babies were hospitalized with infections and two died after consuming its products.

Abbott said in a statement last month that their recent recall caused additional stress and anxiety in an already challenging situation of a global supply shortage.

Major retailers are limiting how much baby formula their customers can buy.

Following supplier challenges and increased customer demand, buyers will be limited to three baby formula products per purchase in stores and online.

In a statement, Walgreens said it had imposed a three-item limit in an attempt to improve inventory.

There were various caps on formulas listed on the website of Costco, which did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Saturday.

The scope of the infant formula recall has serious consequences for babies and new parents, according to Brian Dittmeier, the senior director of public policy at the National WIC Association. Nutrition assistance is provided for women, infants and children.

Mr. Dittmeier said that Abbott Nutrition is the exclusive supplier for more than half of the WIC agencies nationwide.

The lives of their infants are on the line.

shelves are usually empty in retail stores Parents are forming Facebook groups to alert each other of bargains and restocked inventory, both rare nowadays.

She said it was a nightmare.

A mother begged for a specific brand of baby formula on Saturday in a group on Facebook. Please help! I'm almost out.

He said that the shortage of infant formula affects a major source of nutrition for babies.

Datasembly said that 31 percent of formula products were out of stock as of April. The rate for the week of April 3 was 40 percent in seven states.

Families are already struggling with a surge in inflation and are being burdened by the shortage. According to the office of the U.S. Surgeon General, families spend up to $1,500 on infant formula in the first year.

The shortage is particularly acute for infants who need specialty formulas to address allergies, gastrointestinal issues or metabolic disorders.

Ms.Hernandez said that her daughters, one 6 months old and the other 3 years old, need specialty formula.

She estimated that the 10 cans would last about five or six weeks. The formula she usually buys, EleCare, was one of the Abbott products recalled in February.

The affected products have already been pulled from stores, but parents can use an online search through Abbott Nutrition to check the status of the products they need.

The Infant Nutrition Council of American said in a statement that formula companies were committed to ensuring continued availability of infant formulas for every baby.

The crisis has not led to products reaching store shelves, despite assurances from manufacturers.