Formula feeding has been linked to higher weight gain in children. But parents who are formula feeding their babies can take measures to promote healthy weight gain.
Mothers who cannot breastfeed are absolutely not failing, rather, they are being failed.
From the moment their baby is born, Australian parents receive conflicting advice on how to cope with newborn issues. What we are doing wastes our resources, but we're not investing in alternatives.
A widely publicised study that cast doubt on the safety of milk formula was misleading, based on dubiously reported studies and may have serious consequences.
However mothers feed their babies, there is always some kind of criticism.
Negative breastfeeding experiences can make special drives to encourage it all too painful for some.
Microscopic needle-like particles don't seem like something you'd want to feed a baby. Whether safe or not, the way we deal with nanoscale food additives leaves plenty of other questions.
Discussion has been rife on why toddler formula is being sent to China, causing shortages here, but the greater question of why so many Australian parents buy it at all has been largely ignored.