Chinese Infant Formula – One reason why we think “breast is best.”

I think it’s pretty horrible, what’s going on in China right now with infants becoming sick (and dying) from tainted formula.

More than 6,200 babies have been sickened by milk powder now found to be tainted with the chemical melamine, said Li Changjiang, China’s director of quarantine and inspection, up from about 1,200 on Tuesday.

More than 1,300 infants are hospitalized. The illnesses include malnutrition, kidney stones and acute renal failure.

Just a note: Don’t let the jingoist list of “tainted products from China” bias you. This has nothing to do with China, and everything to do with quality control standards by two individual company owners. Even Gerber had to recall its organic rice and oatmeal cereals last year.

Plus, the tainted formula isn’t even shipped to the U.S.

Kiki and I are pretty determined to have Yuki breast-fed exclusively until at least a year old. General rule for us, when Yuki starts having conversations with Kiki, then it’s time to move to pumping only. I mean, how weird would it be to have your kid look up at you and say, “Mom, I want your boob now”?

Yuki has had only one bottle of formula in her system, and that was only during her second day of life, when we thought she wasn’t getting enough colostrum. Which, of course, turned out to be a major mistake by the nursing staff – that’s a rant for another time. We’re not fanatical about boob milk to the extent that we’d picket Infamil or anything. Just that we’re not putting that crap in our baby’s body. Even the “organic” formula has some scary stuff in it.

Of course, the quality of breastmilk is only as good as the quality of food the mom takes in. I would imagine most forumla would be better than meth-laced breastmilk.

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Simple father from Portland, Oregon. International logistics by trade, economics by education, writer by passion.

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