- Similac recalled about 5 million cans of powdered infant formula because of the possible presence of beetle larva.
The FDA said that this type of beetle could cause stomach problems and make infants lose their appetite.
The makers of Similac, Abbott Laboratories, has set up a phone hotline and directed consumers to a website for more information. But a lot of parents have experienced problems getting information.
From the Similac website:Abbott is recalling these products following an internal quality review, which detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility. The United States Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae, could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted.
2. New research from the University of Pittsburgh is showing that breastfeeding for at least a month cuts a mom’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. Here’s the link to the study in the American Journal of Medicine. And now a blurb from a Reuters article:
Previous research demonstrated health benefits to moms who breastfed as long as six months or a year. The Pennsylvania results suggest that even a month of breastfeeding can have positive, lasting effects.“What we found that was somewhat surprising was the pretty dramatic benefits for moms who breastfed as short as a month after the birth of their child,” the lead author, Dr. Eleanor Schwarz of the University of Pittsburgh, told Reuters Health.In type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin that the body needs to turn food into energy. An estimated 10 percent of American women have it.
Good reasons to just bfeed rite?