10 little known facts about formula & another recall. beetles last year, now baby dies from bacteria

It’s incredibly sad that it takes a death to pull this from the shelves….again. My heart goes out to the family who is going through the loss of a baby  :(

More than 3,000 Wal-Mart stores nationwide have pulled from their shelves powdered infant formula after a Missouri baby died of a rare bacterial infection after being fed the formula, The Associated Press reports.  The decision was made “out of an abundance of caution,” the chain announced, as the investigation into the cause of death for the 10-day-old infant continues. Wal-Mart is pulling 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powder with the lot number ZP1K7G, though the government (continue reading here)

Did you know that it’s impossible with current technology to produce sterile powdered formula? Here’s even more information that the manufacturers aren’t telling parents:

– linings contain BPA (including “organic” brands)

– increased risk of allergies and IBS

– it’s never sterilized

– bacteria can survive in a formula can for beyond 1 year

– increased risk of childhood obesity and diabetes

– the FDA does not test formula prior to marketing and sale

– they contain perchlorate, the base chemical in solid rocket fuels

Source and complete list of facts here

Beetles and larvae found in formula – read more here.

P.S. Here’s a picture of what beetle larvae looks like if you need a visual.

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9 thoughts on “10 little known facts about formula & another recall. beetles last year, now baby dies from bacteria

  1. Powdered formula should never been fed to babies less than 1 month old. It can contain a very rare bacteria that is deadly to the immature immune system. This is a fact that I tell all my postpartum patients before they leave the hospital but one that is not well known in the public arena. Powdered formula can not be sterilized!!

    It is sad that it takes an infant death for this to be brought to the public’s attention!

    1. See Carla I had no idea that powdered formula isnt okay for newborns! I had heard that the liquid is easier in their little tummies but nothing about bacteria, etc

      And you know when the nurse came to tell me all about how formula feeding is okay (even though I was sitting there breast feeding my newborn) she never brought that up.

      I’m happy to hear that you’re informing your patients!

  2. I was blessed that I could breastfeed my daughter to 20 mos. I’m currently preggers with baby number two and am worried that “what if” I can’t breastfeed this time around.

    Should that happen, are there any formulas that ARE safe?

    Oh, when we were in the hospital when having our daughter (Had a c-section), we ended up giving her some formula because she wasn’t being satisfied with the colostrum I had produced. She got formula (the individual bottles) for a couple – three days only. But, I don’t even want to do this with baby number two. I hear sugar water can sometimes satisfy them? Thoughts?


    1. Cathy I felt the exact same way as you when I was pregnant with my second as well. I was terrifyed of not being able to breast feed especially after breast feeding my first for 18 months. It all worked out though and was actually much easier for me the second time around.

      I’m not sure about “safe” formulas. I think it’s always going to be a risk one way or another. A mom on my facebook page Facebook.com/naturalmommie mentioned a recipe for a nutrient dense formula recipe (homemade).

      Maybe someone else will have suggestions about sugar water. I’ve only ever heard not to offer it to babies.

  3. It’s a scary thing for parents forced to use formula. I didn’t have a choice, a lot of treatments, natural and prescription medicines and every trick every lactation consultant I saw shared with me, I never produced more than an ounce of milk. I have a birth defect that caused my body not to form milk ducts, and I had to use formula. Knowing there were health risks made a decision I didn’t want to make even harder.

    1. For possible future reference (and for others who may find themselves in a similar situation to you), rather than feel as though you are forced to choose formula when you did not want to, milk sharing is always a possibility.
      When my youngest was born I pumped for a good friend of mine who had similar issues to you. Breastmilk for her child was important to her and I had an abundant supply. It was a win/win situation and if you ask the right questions, milk sharing can be a very safe option for everyone.

      1. Paula what an amazing gift to give to your friend! And excellent suggestion! I didn’t have a ton of extra milk and anything that I did have was froze for my little ones but if I was breast feeding again I would be making a point to pump extra to share.

    2. Ashley I can only imagine how difficult that was for you after having your heart set on breast feeding and trying so hard to make it work! I think if you are forced with having to formula feed we should at least be given ALL the information especially so we can choose the safest brand but sadly it doesn’t happen that way. I remember reading about a formula brand with far less chemicals than nestle and similac but I’ll have to look up the brand and come back later just in case anyone is interested.

  4. This is sad to hear.
    I was a mom that was not able to breast feed my children. Never could get my milk to come in. Thank God they did good with formula

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