(Psychology Today) Breastfeeding Wars: When Baby-Friendly is Mom-Unfriendly

There is good news for stressed out parents: the pressure to breastfeed exclusively may let up soon. Breastfeeding is known to be beneficial to babies, but the way we approach helping mothers is not working. For years now, hospitals have been urged to adopt the public policy initiative known as Baby-Friendly, a set of workflows in the newborn period meant to encourage breastfeeding.

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(Fatherly) 5 Myths About Baby Formula and ‘Formula Babies’ Parents Should Ignore

Baby formula has a bad wrap. Part of that is because the phrase “Breast is Best” has been inked indelibly onto the flabby body of work in hope of supporting woefully unsupported breastfeeding mothers. However, the unintended consequence of pushing breast milk is the deep shame felt by those families who, for whatever reason — be it a medical necessity or social barriers — turn to formula feeding.

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(WebMD) New USDA Nutrition Guidelines Will Cover Infants

If you’re confused about what to feed your baby, the government is finally going to weigh in. For the first time, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines will include feeding recommendations for birth to 24 months. The government released the first dietary guidelines almost 40 years ago and has had recommendations only for ages 2 and older.

The birth to 24 months committee will look at wide-ranging questions that will be the cornerstone of their advice. Those topics include the duration of exclusive breast milk and infant feeding; dietary patterns; dietary supplements; and the relationship between diet during pregnancy and lactation and food allergies, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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(Romper) Breastfeeding Advice For New Moms, From 16 Parents Who’ve Been There

The moment I found out I was pregnant with my first baby, I realized there’s no shortage of parenting advice. From pregnancy to childbirth to postpartum life, everyone had an idea of how I should handle new motherhood, especially when it came to how I fed my baby. But it was my lactation consultant who gave me what I consider to be the best breastfeeding advice for new moms: you can supplement with formula and still meet your nursing goals.

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(NPR) Drowning In Parenting Advice? Here’s Some Advice For That

At my baby’s six-month appointment a few months back, I got a one-pager from the pediatrician titled “Starting Solid Foods.”

“It is critical that the baby develop a taste for rice cereal at the beginning, to offset the loss of iron from formula or breast milk,” it reads.

Sounds serious. Then come the all caps: “THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF FEEDING GIVE RICE CEREAL ONLY.” That is followed by advice to introduce pureed vegetables before fruits so the baby doesn’t develop a sweet tooth.

I obediently went out and bought some sand-textured baby cereal. (Organic, of course.)

“Oh no, we’re not doing that.” My spouse pointed me to a parenting book we had on the shelf.

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(Parents) Is There Sugar in Baby Formula?

If you read the label on the back of infant formula, you’ll notice some ingredients that might surprise you, like corn syrup and sucrose. Those sound a lot like added sugar, the kind of thing you try to avoid in other packaged foods. So why is it there—and should you try to find a formula without it? You may have spotted sugar on the ingredient list. Here’s why—and what that means for choosing a formula.

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(AAP News): Don’t Feed Homemade Formula to Babies; Seek Help Instead

Money is tight and you’re low on baby formula. Should you try that homemade formula recipe you saw online? The answer is: No.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is warning parents not to feed homemade formula to infants. Babies should be fed only breastmilk or iron-fortified infant formula that has been prepared according to the directions on the package.

Homemade formula can harm infants. It might contain too many or not enough nutrients, according to AAP nutrition expert Steven Abrams, M.D., FAAP. Infant formulas are tested by the Food and Drug Administration for quality. They provide the right amount of protein, iron and vitamins that infants need.

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