New Infant Formula Rules Could Change Your Mind About Bottle-Feeding

bottleGood 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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Sarah... SarahHall58

Or we chose to bottle feed because that's what we wanted and it has nothing to do with not being able to breast feed.

Paws84 Paws84

I did the same thing, Sarah. Not an ounce of guilt in me. I felt great doing it, was able to put her on a schedule from the beginning, my husband got to feed her as well, and we both got more sleep because of it. If we have another, we'll be buying formula again.


Where was the need to mention breastfeeding in this article? Needed fuel for the mommy wars and the comment section I suppose...

nonmember avatar Katie

Why should anyone feel bad about formula feeding?

Felicia Ferguson

The fact that they weren't being required to test it before February makes me wonder what I fed my son and if was safe for him.

nonmember avatar Lynn

1) No mother should ever be made to feel guilty about how they choose to feed their child. Whether it be breastfeeding issues or no intrest in breastfeeding at all.

2) Why after all these years is the FDA just now checking baby formula.

3) Are children who need non-dairy or sensitive or low gas formula not as important. Why is it only the "healthy" babies need protection. I would think that the dietary needs children are more important due to allergic reactions.

Laura Palmer

MRL84 the stir bloggers feel the need to mention breastfeeding in every flipping article....

EvilQ... EvilQueenMommy

Felicia I feel the same way. I did not know there were no regulations for formula. Glad my kid turned out fine.

Jennifer Estavan

definitly NOT 'a perfectly healthy alternative!!! HELL NO! NO WAY!!!!

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