Good news for formula-feeding moms. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration finalized new health regulations for baby formula. The regulations, which began in February with a temporary plan, now require manufacturers of infant formula to test for dangerous bacteria, such as salmonella and cronobacter, and prove that their formula contains the proper amount of nutrients babies require for normal growth -- both before their formula hits the shelves and before they expire. (The new rules only apply to formulas that are intended for healthy babies who aren't in need of specific food due to health or dietary issues.)
Sounds good to me! It's a little surprising that these regulations weren't in effect up until this point, but it's certainly a step in the right direction to helping formula-feeding mamas feel comfortable with what they're giving their babies.
We all know that breast is best, but the reality is exclusive breastfeeding just isn't an option for every mother. Whether it's because they work incredibly long hours or tried to nurse to no avail, some moms have to give their children formula. And typically, this isn't done without some level of guilt from mothers -- particularly if they tried to nurse. Knowing that the FDA is ensuring the safety of formula, which is a perfectly healthy alternative to breast milk, can at least help moms feel a little more comfortable with their decision.
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Few things are easy and without guilt when it comes to parenting, so it's always comforting when we hear that something has been made safer for our little ones. Glad to hear these changes have been made, and hopefully a few formula-feeding mamas will rest a little easier tonight.
Does this make you feel better about feeding your baby formula?
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