Regulating Infant Formula

Regulating Infant Formula

Most of us assume that our government or some international agency is monitoring the quality of infant formula. Government agencies sometimes raise alarms when a batch of formula is seriously contaminated, but they are not monitoring the product to make sure the product helps to make your children as healthy as possible.

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Most of us assume that our government or some international agency is monitoring the quality of infant formula. Government agencies sometimes raise alarms when a batch of formula is seriously contaminated, but they are not monitoring the product to make sure the product helps to make your children as healthy as possible.

Manufacturers keep coming up with newer and more expensive versions of infant formula, but no one really knows how they will affect your children's health. And no one is monitoring this!

No one compares the healthcare costs linked to different methods of feeding.

No one is providing the information that you or any healthcare worker need to make an informed choice between breastfeeding and feeding with infant formula.

More than half the infant formula used in the U.S. is provided by the government, at no cost to the families. The government monitors the economic impact on the manufacturers, but not the impact on the health of children. It has been estimated that more than 900 children in the U.S. die each year because they have been fed with infant formula. The large-scale distribution of free formula could end up being very costly to both governments and families, but that is not monitored.

This book covers:

  • -The regulatory framework
  • -Formula's impact on health
  • -The assumption of safety of infant formula
  • -Outdated and counterfeit infant formula
  • -Additives
  • -Nutritional adequacy
  • -Distribution by governments
  • -Strengthening regulations and future work

  • If you are a parent trying to decide whether to breastfeed or formula feed your baby, or if you are a healthcare provider who educates parents on feeding choices, you need to read this book!


  • Author: George Kent
 
ISBN: 978-0-9833075-8-7
 
Copyright: 2011
 
Total Pages: 156
 
Softcover
 
 

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Alicia I
11/19/2012

© International Lactation Consultant Association
ILCA Print and Multimedia Reviews
March 2012 – Available at www.ILCA.org
Regulating Infant Formula
George Kent
Hale Publishing, 2011
146 pages, references, appendix, index, US$18.95 softcover
Orders: Hale Publishing, LP, 1712 N Forest Street, Amarillo, TX 79106 USA
Tel: 806-376-9900; toll free: 800-378-1317; fax: 806-376-9901
E-mail: books@halepublishing.com; URL: www.iBreastfeeding.com

Regulating Infant Formula is an important work, detailing the potential for families to make
“unwise decisions” (p. 1) regarding the feeding of an infant due to a serious breakdown in expected regulation and control by oversight groups. The presentation is strong and at times information is given in a stunning manner. Dieticians, public health workers, and pediatric care providers would find this a compelling and important work.

The groundwork for the book describes the purpose of regulating agencies, government
participation and the assumption of safety that is generally held by the public. The author
differentiates between requirements of additive safety versus assessment of nutritional adequacy and safety. He points out many instances of neglect of given issues, such as the legality of selling/using expired cans of formula and contamination after sale, as well as water addition to powdered formula. The book is a powerful indictment against formula companies, advertisers, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, among other organizations.

The author thoroughly reviews the problem of researching morbidity and mortality of infants,
questioning the very definition of what it means to examine a “breastfed” baby, i.e., considering exclusivity and duration. Such issues have long been the concern of those who want to understand the truth about infant feeding safety. He cites a 2010 study that points out the prevention of “an excess of 911 deaths” (p. 14) if 90% of USA families breastfed for 6 months, and makes the point that, in any other context, hundreds of infant deaths would lead to an outcry. This may be an especially pertinent point during a time when we are undergoing major controversy over bed-sharing and the potential link to substantially fewer infant deaths.

One possible disappointment is the brevity of Chapter 6, “Nourishing and Nurturing.” Thankfully, attention is given to the emotional/relational development of the child, but given the importance of such an issue, three pages seems too little consideration. Overall, one can only hope that this important information will be used by higher educational institutions as well as any professional who is concerned about the health and welfare of families.

Nancy Williams, IBCLC
Santa Maria, California USA

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