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is it true babies can die from formula? someone here said that and got me concern. i feed my baby formula once a day because breast milk dont come out. is that bad to give him formula only once a day and the rest of the day breast milk?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:22 PM on Jan. 9, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It happened in China. The formula was contaminated and several babies died. That formula was NEVER sold here.

    Many, many "lactivist" use extreme scare tactics to make moms who use formula feel like horrible people. Why do they do it? I have no idea. It really hurts the "breast-feeding is best" campaign.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 8:27 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • but is it bad what im doing?

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:32 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • Oh honey, don't worry about it. kaycee is right, there was tainted formula in CHINA, not here in the US.

    I'm sure many many many of us women on here were formula fed babies, I know I was...and we're all here and well. Us formula mothers (I'm an exclusive formula-feeding mom) have a horrible reputation and some lactivists will do whatever they can to make us feel like shit for feeding our babies anything but the "best." Don't let it get to you =]

    Answer by caitxrawks at 8:33 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • Formula is an artificial substance that is made to replicate mother's milk. It is NOT a duplicate of mother's milk. Pick up a can of formula and read the ingredients to see that it is quite inferior to breastmilk. It is mainly made up of sugar and oils and a protein such as cow's milk, soy or whey.

    Answer by Autumn22 at 8:34 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • And no, it's not bad at all. I think a lot more people supplement breastmilk with formula than they'll admit.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 8:34 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • It does not contain antibodies, digestive enzymes, or immunoglobulin. Babies that are fed formula are 14 times more likely to be hospitalized in their first year. These babies are more prone to respiratory illnesses, ear infections and diarrhea. Babies that are fed formula instead of breastmilk miss out on the intense physical bond that allows them to develop a sense of trust in the world. Giving your baby formula is not the same as breastfeeding. Formula is not an equal substitute for breastmilk. It can keep alive a baby that has no access to breastmilk but is actually fourth on the list of best food choices for baby. The first three being breastmilk from the mother's breast, breastmilk pumped and given in a bottle and then another mother's milk from a milk bank. Even more info on the dangers there

    Answer by Autumn22 at 8:34 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • Cait - that same toxic substance, Melamine, that killed all of those Chinese babies is found in U.S. formula.

    Answer by Autumn22 at 8:35 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • Also, you are going to kill your milk supply by giving formula as well. Nurse on demand and you'll make more milk :)

    Answer by Autumn22 at 8:36 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • Unfortunately formula does carry quite a few risks , death being one (and no this is not in reference to the tainted formula manufactured in China), increased risks of illnesses being another, the list goes on. Here is an article to help explain the risks of formula feeding.


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:40 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

  • hey autumn. please do not judge those of us who bottle feed, it really seems thats what your doing. just because someone chooses to go against what you do. feeding a baby formula is not like your feeding them gasoline or coffee or jack daniels! good grief if it wasnt safe, it wouldnt be sold.

    Answer by Kennadismom at 8:40 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

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