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As Baby Formula Vanishes From Stores Amid Coronavirus, Idaho Moms Share Breast Milk

Tiffany Victoria

Fear about the coronavirus led to shortages of toilet paper, bottled water and other essential items. And from the beginning of this crisis, one of the most essential things couldn’t be found anywhere was baby formula. 

For parents unable or unwilling to breastfeed for whatever reason, formula is the only way for their baby to get those nutrients. So parents turned to Facebook, asking mutual aid groups if anyone was producing extra breast milk they could donate. Karlin Towers is one of those parents who has relied on breast milk donation for years, and joins Idaho Matters to share her story. 

As COVID-19 cases spread through the U.S. and Idaho, we’re committed to keeping you updated and informed. You can get updated info on cases, closures and how to stay healthy at any time on our Coronavirus news blog.

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Molly Wampler is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Originally from Berkeley, California, she just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. There, Molly worked for her university's newspaper but is stoked to try her hand at and learn all there is to learn about radio journalism.