By Elita of Blacktating.com for the Best for Babes Foundation ©2010
This week nothing had more people buzzing than the recall of over 5 million cans of Similac infant formula after it was discovered that beetles may have gotten into some of the powdered formula manufactured at their Michigan plant. The Similac recall is not a joking matter, and our hearts go out to the families affected. However, it is an opportunity to point out that parents should be given all of the information before making the decision to formula feed. How many parents were aware that a formula recall was even a possibility? And is it really a choice if parents aren’t fully aware of all of the risks of formula, or have fallen for incredibly savvy and aggressive formula marketing?
This is why I loved a recent post on Yahoo! news entitled Ten Things You May Not Know About Baby Formula. Just like the myths surrounding breastfeeding abound, most people don’t know some basic facts about formula, including that powdered formula isn’t sterile, the cans are lined with BPA and the dangers of plant estrogens in soy formula. It’s important to empower parents with accurate information, not formula company marketing and spin.
Speaking of which, should formula be available by prescription only? That is the belief of a breastfeeding advocate and doctor in Australia. Are women more likely to ditch breastfeeding if the cans of formula are available at the drug store? Or is a prescription an undue hardship families? What do you think?
The Ministry of Health in Jamaica has a new campaign to promote breastfeeding…..to siblings! Books were passed out to school-aged children, showing how they can support their mom to breastfeeding by completing their chores at home. Brilliant!
And how’s this for some cheeky fun? The founder of an online maternity store created a nursing bra made completely out of formula can scoopers. The piece of art is up for a World of Wearable Art award.
Our fabulous Deva Spa Event / Fundraiser hosted by Fit Pregnancy and Big City Moms is only a few days away, and it’s not too late to register or come. For just $35 you can donate to a great cause and get all your breastfeeding questions answered, get a chance to win awesome prizes, and take home an outrageous goodybag. In honor of the event, this week on our Facebook fan paged we acknowledged how important it is to nurture the nurturer, and asked you what you’re doing to take care of yourselves. You were overheard saying…
Catherine Eslinger: I nap with my toddler–nap time is sacred!
Melinda Jantzi Quinlan: I started running this summer & have my 1st race scheduled for November!
Jennifer Kious: Um… I take a shower? Right now with 5 kids, one of which is a newborn, taking a shower is about the extent of it.