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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Update: Finding the right formula to supplement breastmilk



36679828 After much trial and error, I have found an infant formula that my 9-month-old daughter will drink. It's soy-based and apparently is pleasing enough to her little palate that she downs bottle after bottle.

This little supplementing conundrum truly took a village to solve. Some of you may recall my recent cry for help. Many thanks to everyone who gave me advice.

I've been eating oatmeal, pumping and trying to rest. Still, there's been no flood. I think my primary problem is that I've been back at work for five months now and pumping every two hours to get my production back on track is just not going to happen. And, my pump -– even though it's a Medela double pump –- seems less and less effective every day. Although I'm not giving up on myself, I'm glad to have found a supplement that works.

I must admit the glee of solving this issue is tempered by the recent news that the FDA has found trace elements of melamine, an industrial chemical, in U.S. infant formula. FDA officials say parents shouldn't fret. The melamine was not intentionally put into the formula as it was by manufacturers in China, where four babies died and tens of thousands became ill. And in the U.S.-made formula, the chemical is present in such small amounts that it shouldn't harm children, FDA officials said. One official said taking infants off formula would be a "dangerous overreaction." Dubious? The agency has devoted an entire Web page to the issue.

So, yes, this is one more reason I am a proponent of breastfeeding for as long as possible. Man-made food –- whether it's infant formula or preservative-laced food –- can be dangerous. But as my recent dry spell has proven, sometimes, despite our best intentions,  the body does not cooperate and parents have to find ways to deal.

Now Mommas, lets not judge each other. This is not a battle of breastfeeders versus formula feeders. Let's all agree to keep an eye out -- on the FDA, on formula makers, toy companies, doctors and anybody else whose products or hands come in contact with children. When we work together, we all win.

-- Sherri Day

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:58am]


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