As parents scramble to find baby formula, a new manufacturer is seeing soaring demand

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As Congress plans to address the national baby formula shortage in a hearing later this month, parents say the problem is urgent — and they want action now.

Many are going to great lengths to get their hands on formula. And some are desperate, like a Washington state couple whose daughter needs formula designed for premature babies.

The 5-month-old girl, Mackenzie Jaehnert, was born three months early and spent more than 100 days in the neonatal intensive care unit. Her parents, Emily and Mac Jaehnert, say it's been a struggle to find the right formula for her, with the frustrated dad driving to at least five grocery stores in three separate counties each morning.

"You turn the corner into the baby food and formula aisle and it's just absolutely barren," Mac Jaehnert told CBS News.

The couple even has family and friends sending them cans from other states.

"Formula is the only thing that's going to get Mackenzie healthy," Emily Jaehnert said in an emotional interview.

Research firm Datasembly says 43% of formula sellers are now out of stock, up from 31% in early April.

Part of the problem is a major recall from Abbott, the leading supplier of milk formula in this country, over concerns of bacteria at its largest formula manufacturing plant, in Michigan. The recall, announced in February and later expanded, affected certain formulas of Similac, Alimentum and EleCare.

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