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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As a married mom of two kids under 12 months, Rashauna Hamilton is on the hunt for baby formula.

“Looking has been crazy, disappointing and scary,” she said.

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South Florida is feeling the effects of the nationwide formula shortage that’s causing concern among parents all around the country.

Hamilton is down to her last two cans of Enfamil and has been scouring drug stores, grocery and warehouse chains looking for formula.

“I have called my mom in Maryland asking her to look. I called my cousin in Texas and they say the same thing that there is none. We are trying to figure out what to do in the meantime.”

Doctors are hearing the anxiety from parents as well.

Pediatrician Dr. Kristin Biggie says she sees three dozen patients a day and they are all concerned about the shortage. “They want to know where are we going to get formula,” she said.

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She tells parents to check the labels on the formula they are using and look for compatible substitutes at drug stores and warehouse chains. She said breast milk is an option.

“If you can get it from a family member and it’s screened for hepatitis b and HIV, it can be an option,” she said.

If your baby is four months or older you can consider introducing some solid foods to cut down on the formula need.

That’s what Rashauna Hamilton said she will do with her daughter. She is connecting with other moms on social media too.

“We are looking to each other for help,” she said.

In Florida, there is a breast milk bank located in Orlando.

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For information, go to milkbankofflorida.org

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Philadelphia School Districts Mask Mandate Goes Back Into Effect On Monday As COVID-19 Cases Rise

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Beginning on Monday, thousands of students will begin masking-up again. The spike in COVID-19 cases is leading some school districts to bring back their mask mandates, including the Philadelphia School District.

“As an extra layer of safety to keep our students and our staff safe as well of their families when they go home from school or work. We want to make sure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible,” Philadelphia school district spokesperson Monica Lewis said.

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 Lewis said they made the difficult decision after consulting with the Department of Health, CHOP, and the CDC. 

Lewis said they are seeing mixed reactions from parents and say it’s something they understand.

“One of the things we’ve learned is that we are never going to make a decision that everyone buys into 100% percent,” Lewis said. “We have those individuals who don’t believe that masks are helpful and we have those who do.” 

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The suburbs is also switching back to masks after the CDC bumped up Montgomery County into a high COVID community level. 

On Friday, the Cheltenham School District reinstated their mask mandate. Lower Merion School District is strongly recommending them.

As the school year comes to a close, Lewis is asking everyone to be flexible as they navigate the ever changing virus.

“We want to make sure that our students can enjoy the last few days of school in person with their classmates with their teachers in the schools they know and love,” she said.

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