I have been ruminating on this post for a while…which, of course, means that half of the things that I meant to say will get lost somewhere…and may seem somewhat disjointed…
Yes. I am still breastfeeding my 20 month old. No, I do not have a 'plan' for when the nursing will stop. I didn't necessarily plan to be nursing this long, but it feels right for both me and for my baby and there isn't much of a downside. It would seem that even my mother is somewhat concerned…
In the wake of last week's Simulac recall, there has been an enormous preponderance of "Breast is Best" and "Breast milk Never Gets Recalled" comments all over the media. Why must a formula recall bring such smugness and feelings of superiority in so many pro-breastfeeding advocates?
Yes, in the best of all possible situations, breast milk is probably what's best for babies. Best situation includes a healthy full term baby, a mother who is able to take proper care of herself and has access to the help she needs to get her nursing off to the right start, a mother who has the desire to breast feed and will not completely resent her baby and so on and so forth.
Abbot Laboratories, the makers of Similac infant Formula, have announced a voluntary recall of about 5 million containers of their powder formula. The reason? Brace yourself.
You know how people always make those dumb cracks about kids who eat bugs getting extra protein?
Pieces of beetles and beetle larvae were found both in the formula and in the plant that produces the formula. Ewwwww.
According the the FDA, there should be "no immediate health risk" to babies who have consumed this formula, but could experience symptoms of "gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract."