Infant formula was designed to be a medical nutritional tool for babies who are unable to breastfeed. Formula does not fully meet the nutritional and immunity needs of infants, leaving their tiny systems flailing. An infant’s immune system has three aspects: her own immature, developing immune system; the small component of immunities that passes through the placenta during natural childbirth (and to a lesser degree with premature births and cesarean sections); and the most vast and valuable, living portion that is passed on through mother’s milk on an ongoing basis. Remove any of these components and you take away a vital support structure.
This brings us face to face with the safety and effectiveness of infant formula as a breast milk substitute. Is formula actually as safe as we have been led to believe? In fact, the answer is a resounding “no.” In fact, the use of infant formula doubles the risk of infant death for American babies.
While the dangers of formula feeding aren’t something you’re likely to hear in your doctor’s office, the conclusions can be derived through an examination of the available scientific research on infant mortality in the United States and across the world. There are studies showing artificial feeding’s impact on overall infant death rates in both developing and undeveloped countries. While studies offering comparative death rates are not available for industrialized regions, there are numerous studies providing comparative occurrence rates for many illnesses and disorders in the United States and other industrialized nations. Many more reports are available extolling superior survival rates and decreased illness rates among breastfed infants, but only those with solid numbers are useful here. We can assemble the statistics from these studies to build a firm picture of the ratio of infant deaths for U.S. formula-fed babies against those who are breastfed.
And for any skeptics, here are the numbers in black and white: http://www.babyreference.com/InfantDeaths.htm
This was in Feb of 2006…
The Abbott health care company is recalling hundreds of thousands of bottles of infant formula distributed nationwide because they might not have enough vitamin C.
The recall is for approximately 100,000 32-ounce plastic bottles of Similac Alimentum Advance liquid formula and approximately 200,000 bottles of Similac Advance with Iron, Abbott spokeswoman Tracey Noe said Friday.
The bottles, distributed by Abbott’s Ross Products division, are missing a special layer that keeps air out of the bottle, Noe said. When the oxygen enters the bottle, it causes the level of vitamin C to decrease over time, she said.
If infants drink formula without enough vitamin C for two to four weeks, they could start exhibiting symptoms of vitamin C deficiency, which include irritability with generalized tenderness, the company said in a release. So far, Abbott has received no medical complaints.
The Similac Alimentum Advance has stock code 57512, lot number 401895V and use-by 1 May 2007 printed on the back of the bottle; the Similac Advance with Iron has stock code 55961, lot numbers 40177RH or 40172RH and use-by 1 November 2007. Some of the bottles may have been included in Similac Advance Hospital Discharge Kits — stock code 58986 and lot number 41699D5 are printed on the back of the bear tag attached to the kit.
Abbott, formerly known as Abbott Laboratories, is based in suburban Chicago.
Consumers with questions can contact Abbott’s Ross Products division at 800-624-3412.
February 23, 2006
A recall is being conducted by Mead Johnson Co. for its GENTLEASE powdered infant formula, lot number: BMJ19, use by 1 Jul 07. This lot was found to contain metal particles of up to 2.7 millimeter in size.
No illnesses have been reported to date. However, in the rare instance that an infant were to inhale the infant formula into the lungs, the presence of these particles could present a serious risk to the infant’s respiratory system and throat.
Any injuries associated with this problem would be likely to show up within three to four hours. The symptoms could be varied depending on whether there is damage to the throat or lungs.
Damage to the throat or lungs may include coughing, difficulty swallowing or difficulty breathing.
If you may have fed this lot of GENTLEASE to your baby, and you have any concerns about your baby’s health, you should contact your baby’s physician immediately.
There were approximately 41,464 24-ounce cans of this lot of recalled product distributed, beginning on December 16, 2005, through many major retail stores across the country, so the consumer should concentrate on the code on the can rather than on the place of purchase.
The affected products can be identified by the lot number and expiration/use by date embossed on the bottom of the can of BMJ19, use by 1 Jul 07.
Mead Johnson and the Food and Drug Administration are currently investigating how the metal particles got into the infant formula.
Consumers who have a can of this batch of GENTLEASE powdered infant formula should not use the product and should contact Mead Johnson at 888-587-7275 immediately. -30-
This was in 2002. This is only one among MANY reasons that breastfeeding is the safer health choice for your child. This is just terrifying. What’s worse is knowing that because these formula’s are man made, at any point in time this could happen again. Is your child’s life worth this kind of risk?
FDA ALERTS PUBLIC REGARDING RECALL OF
POWDERED INFANT FORMULA
The Food and Drug Administration today is alerting the public to the voluntary recall of powdered infant formula announced by Wyeth Nutritionals Inc., Georgia, Vermont. Certain lots of powdered infant formula manufactured between July 12 and September 25, 2002, may be contaminated with Enterobacter sakazakii. E. sakazakii is a foodborne pathogen that can in rare cases cause sepsis (bacteria in the blood), meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain), or necrotizing enterocolitis (severe intestinal infection) in newborn infants, particularly premature infants or other infants with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this contamination.
The powdered infant formula was distributed nationwide in retail stores and amounts to approximately 1.5 million cans. The affected products can be identified by an expiration/use by date, embossed on the bottom of the can of: 07 28 05, 08 28 05 and 09 28 05. The products also can be identified by a six-digit character embossed on the bottom of the cans. The first four characters include: K12N through K19N; L07N through L30N; and N03N through N25N. The products include:
* Baby Basics by Albertson’s Infant Formula with Iron 2 LB (908g)
* Baby Basics by Albertson’s Infant Formula with Iron 1 LB (454g)
* Baby Basics by Albertson’s Soy Infant Formula with Iron 2 LB (908g)
* Baby Basics by Albertson’s Soy Infant Formula with Iron 1 LB (454g)
* Baby Basics by Albertson’s Formula for older infants with iron 1 LB. 15.7 oz (900g)
* Kozy Kids Infant Formula with Iron 16 oz (454g)
* Kozy Kids Soy Infant Formula with Iron 16 oz (454g)
* Hill Country Fare Infant Formula with Iron 32 oz (2 LB) 908g
* Hill Country Fare Infant Formula with Iron 16 oz (1 LB) 454g
* Hill Country Fare Soy Infant Formula with Iron 32 oz (2 LB) 908g
* Hill Country Fare Soy Infant Formula with Iron 16 oz (1 LB) 454g
* HEB Baby Infant Formula with Iron 32 oz (2 LB) 908g
* American Fare Little Ones Infant Formula with Iron 2 LB (908g)
* American Fare Little Ones Soy Infant Formula with Iron 2 LB (908g)
* American Fare Little Ones Formula for Older Infants with Iron & Calcium 1 LB 15.7 (900g)
* HomeBest Soy Infant Formula with Iron 2 LB. (908 g)
* Safeway Select Infant Formula with Iron 2 LB (908g)
* Safeway Select Infant Formula 2 1 LB 15.7 oz (900g)
* Healthy Baby Infant Formula with Iron 2 LB (908g)
* Healthy Baby Infant Formula with Iron 1 LB (454g)
* Healthy Baby Soy Infant Formula with Iron 2 LB (908g)
* Healthy Baby Formula for Older Infants with Iron 1 LB 15.7 oz. (900g)
* Walgreens Infant Formula with Iron 16 oz (454g)
* Parent’s Choice Infant Formula with Iron 2 LB (908g)
* Parent’s Choice Infant Formula with Iron 16 oz (454g)
* Parent’s Choice Soy Infant Formula with Iron 2 LB (908g)
* Parent’s Choice Soy Infant Formula with Iron 35oz (1 kg)
* Parent’s Choice 2 Infant Formula with Iron 1 LB 15.7 oz (900g)
The contamination was first detected during a special E. sakazakii sampling FDA conducted at the Vermont facility. This special sampling and analysis is being conducted at all major, domestic manufacturers of powdered infant formula.
Consumers who have purchased the powdered infant formula are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Wyeth at 1-888-526-5376.