I could hardly believe it when I read this story from ABC. A five month old baby almost died because his mom was trying to save money on baby formula. It is just so sad. The mom was watering down her baby's formula to make it last longer.
As if unemployment numbers weren't enough, the story of an infant in Florida really hit the country as a sign we are in desperate economic times: Five-month-old La'Damian Barton almost died Monday from watered-down formula because his mother tried to cut costs. Child care and poverty advocates say poor families have always had to make dangerous decisions to cut back. Now, with the economy in trouble, experts say more families are likely to try cutting doctor visits or skipping their own meals so the children can eat.
Pediatricians say parents should never dilute their baby formula with more water than what's recommended. They have seen babies who have become deficient in nutrients. It can even affect their hearts and cause seizures. They say the recommended amount will give your baby the right amount of nutrition, fats and proteins.
Doctors say don't mix scoops between formulas either because they are not all the same. Baby formulas can be expensive, but there are community and church services like shelters and food pantries that can help.
I had to stop nursing my first child at around 4 months due to some medication I was taking. When I started buying formula, OMG! It was so expensive. I think it was about $27-$28 a week. Going from $0 when you breastfeed to that is insane! I have been encouraging people I know who are nursing and supplementing to start drinking more water and pumping or nursing every 3 hours to increase their milk supply. Not just to save money, but because the FDA last week said they found trace amounts of melamine in baby formula. The FDA says it's so small, there's no concern. But still!
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