Babies still need to eat even when formula is hard to come by.
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Many families in the US encountered empty shelves when they went in search of infant formula during COVID-19.
Hopefully not staying empty for much longer.
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An infant nutrition expert explains the efforts to ensure there is enough baby formula for US consumption and the differences between domestic and imported produce.
Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to help end the shortage of baby formula.
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Biden said the Defense Production Act would help end the shortage by directing suppliers of baby formula to prioritize delivery to formula manufacturers.
Cities are trying to address the baby formula shortage with community drives.
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The closure of a factory in Michigan is the incident that put new parents across the US on edge, but the real causes for the shortage of baby formula are many years in the making.
No easy formula.
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An infant nutrition expert explains what is behind the current formula shortage and what can be done to support hard-pressed parents.
A woman breastfeeds her baby.
Kenya wants parents to be able to make more informed choices about feeding their babies.
Whether they breastfeed or use formula, food insecure mothers are struggling to feed their babies.
With the high cost of infant formula, food-insecure mothers who cannot breastfeed are struggling to feed their babies.
Research shows the breast milk of women who have recovered from COVID-19 offers a source of COVID-19 antibodies.
Researchers don’t fully understand the composition of breast milk and its benefits. Beyond nutrition, it contains enzymes, hormones and the mother’s antibodies — including antibodies for COVID-19.
Shaking polypropylene bottles and washing them with very hot water can release millions of tiny plastic particles. Here are four ways to reduce exposure.
Researchers investigated 212 commercially available infant formula milk products on sale in 11 countries.
Bellamy’s will have to have to manufacture in Victoria and keep its Australian headquarters for ten years.
The proposed acquisition of infant formula producer Bellamy’s Australia Ltd by China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited has been given approval by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Strict, legally enforceable conditions…
If a baby isn’t breastfed, or is partially breastfed, commercial infant formula should be the only other food given until around six months, and should be continued alongside solid foods until 12 months.
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.
Much of the baby’s distress, as well as that of the parents, can be prevented.
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.
The health scare surrounding nanoparticles might lead to people abandoning formula unnecessarily, with serious impacts on babies’ health.
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.
Bottle or breast isn’t the only debate.
However mothers feed their babies, there is always some kind of criticism.
It’s not all sunshine and roses for some mums.
Negative breastfeeding experiences can make special drives to encourage it all too painful for some.
What’s in the bottle is good for me, right?
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.
Toddler formula is of no greater benefit than regular old cows’ milk.
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.