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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Important Information about Infant Formula

I feel that everyone just wants to do what is best for their babies. For years now the gold standard has been breast milk. Sometimes for many reasons a mother just can't breast feed and then looks to a infant formula to feed their babies. Once you start looking for the right formula for you baby is gets very confusing. I believe that most new mom's turn to their doctors for help. Here is some important information to consider on your own:

Medical and scientific communities agree that breast milk is best for babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes it as the gold standard in infant nutrition. Although companies tout their formula brands as offering the same benefits as breast milk, none do. Infant formula is a safe alternative, but more people need to know the truth behind this breast-milk substitute, especially when coping with guilt.

“Many women are unable to breastfeed for the duration of the first twelve months, especially if they are on medication, have multiple births, or must return to work during these difficult economic times,” said Dr. Barbara Levine, Weill Cornell Medical College. “These moms often experience feelings of guilt if they choose not breastfeed, so they purchase expensive formula. But very few really know the truth about infant formula.”

“Buying a heavily marketed, expensive, brand-name infant formula from a big pharmaceutical company does not get your baby any closer to human breast milk than a store-brand formula,” added Dr. Levine. “Mothers can choose to supplement their breast milk with any formula because all formulas are regulated by FDA and nutritionally equivalent.”

The store-brand message is set to become even more important for many mothers because of changes in the Women, Infants and Children program. As of October 1, 2009, a new WIC initiative aimed at increasing breastfeeding rates among families reallocates funding for all currently provided foods, including infant formula, baby foods, juices, and fresh fruits and vegetables. This program could mean a reduction of up to 20 percent in infant-formula subsidies; parents who previously had most of their formula paid for by WIC may now have to purchase formula on their own.

When you are looking for a formula check the labels just like you would for everything else. You may find that store brand formulais the same as the brand name. Using store brand formula can really help with your budget. Big savings and who couldn't use that now a days. If you are mom to be this would be a good thing to check out before your little bundle of joy arrives.

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1 comment:

siteseer said...

An important decision.