We found out about this at 8:00pm tonight. The Similac/Abbott website listed in the press release is down due to being SLAMMED with traffic. The phone number they reference for 24/7 help (800-986-8850) is busy for hours. (This all hit the news at noon today.)
The Internets told us that our two plastic containers were on the recall list because they both had “T2” in their lot numbers. So at 9:30 I went off to Target to return the half-used container to get some liquid concentrate formula – which isn’t affected by the recall. We’re holding onto the empty (as of Monday) container that is also a ‘T2’ lot for the refund process.
Paul was able to get a hold of a very harried PR/PIO girl at the Abbott Corporate headquarters at 9:45pm tonight who reluctantly confirmed that yes, any lot number that includes “T2” is on the recall.
This probably explains why Kieran has been unusually fussy, EXTRA gassy and somewhat fitful since Saturday (his 2nd day on the first container of recalled formula.) His diapers have gone from not smelling at all (or smelling like prunes) to being fairly horrible. He’s had the closest thing to a diaper rash that he’s ever had – his little bum is red and the tiniest bit warm. My poor little guy.
Paul and I are both so mad we could spit at this. Not sure if we should be more mad at Similac or the FDA or what…. but we feel like somebody let us down.
I just hope that Kieran’s little system is able to flush out whatever has been irritating it so much for the last few days once we get him on some clean formula. We’re hesitant to switch brands after the hell it was to get him on something that worked – so for now we’ll stick with the liquid concentrate stuff.
(As a total aside…. if any new mamas are reading this and have Similac coupons or rebate checks they’re willing to trade – I’ve got a grip of Enfamil and Gerber rebate checks I’d be willing to trade for Similac ones.)