(BBC NEWS): Bottle Feeding is a Woman’s Right, Midwives Told

If a woman decides not to breastfeed her baby it is her choice and must be respected, midwives are being told.

The Royal College of Midwives’ new position statement makes it explicitly clear that women should be supported if, after being given advice, information and support, they opt to bottle feed using formula milk.

Although breast is best, often some women struggle to start or sustain breastfeeding, says the RCM.

Informed choice must be promoted.

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(Glamour): Khloé Kardashian Opens About Breastfeeding and Formula-Feeding

Though it is literally nobody’s business whether Khloé Kardashian is breastfeeding her daughter, True Thompson, the reality star put any speculation about her methods to rest by opening up on the realities of being a new mom.

“Because I don’t produce enough milk, I also have to give a bottle with every feeding,” Kardashian wrote in a recent post on her app about a particular bottle she loves. “With the formula I use, I have to give True the bottle within 30 minutes of making it, so it’s amazing to have this machine make it for me. It’s super easy to use—and fast, so when I’m exhausted and can’t even keep my eyes open in the middle of the night, it’s a total lifesaver.”

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(TODAY Parents): This is my love letter to baby formula

Justin quipped that I came from “hearty peasant stock,” due to my Russian and German origins, and hence, was cut out to be an earth mother. Smugly, I agreed.

I didn’t even know or bother to learn how formula worked, so convinced was I that I’d be my kid’s nourishment. Like so many moms, I had everything planned out. No plastic toys — just educational wooden ones made by fair-trade artisans. Only organic clothes, and of course, an organic mattress that would get at least a week to air out — and that cost three times as much as the one we slept on, to my husband’s eternal bemusement and annoyance.

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(Romper): When Do Babies Stop Drinking Formula? Here’s The Expert-Recommended Age

For women who can’t or choose not to breastfeed, the invention of baby formula was a godsend. Created to imitate the nutrition found in breast milk, formula has been used to feed babies since the mid-nineteenth century. Over the years, formula has evolved into a gigantic business and has helped parents around the world nourish their babies. This is great when they are tiny, but what about as they get older and their nutritional needs change? When should a baby stop drinking formula?

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(Popsugar): Flight Attendant Moms Share 20 Genius Secrets to Flying With Babies

Flying with an infant. Not a new parent’s idea of fun, right? The good news: it’s probably the easiest time to fly with your child, since their main activities involve eating and sleeping. I took the first flight with my daughter when she was 4 weeks old — from Paris to San Francisco — and I’ll admit I was a nervous wreck before. In fact, I think I was more worried about the long flight than I was about the labor! To help out other traveling parents, I reached out to longtime flight attendants to create a definitive list of tips for flying with an infant.

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(Cox Media Group): Family Emergency Supply Kit Must-Haves

Water, food, and clean air are important things to have if an emergency happens. Each family or individual’s kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. It should also be customized to include important family documents.

Check out the recommended supplies to include in a basic emergency kit.

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Can You Trust This “Study”?

More than ever before, parents have an incredible amount of information at their fingertips. With nearly one million studies published each year, how can you tell when the study results are based on facts and not opinion or shock value?

When someone makes a claim, you should examine it using the tried-and-true approach of asking Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. And remember, ALL information gathered from online sources must be supplemented with a discussion with your infant’s pediatrician.

(The Guardian): It’s Time to Inject Some Sense into the Nonsense Peddled by the Anti-science Crowd

Parents of infants could be forgiven for panicking if they read reports about “needle-like”, “potentially dangerous” and “toxic” nanoparticles in Australian infant formula products. Sounds pretty horrifying. There were calls to pull infant formula from shelves this week after the eco-activist group Friends of the Earth issued a media release saying it had ordered independent testing of formula products and had found the nanoparticles, which it said could cause kidney and liver damage. Many major Australian media outlets ran the story.

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