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.