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A new study from Cincinnati Children's hospital about baby formula is making national headlines this morning. The study shows families struggling financially are "formula stretching."
This means that families are watering down their babies' formula or skipping feedings all together. The study shows one in three families say they worry about putting food on the table, and among those families, nearly a third admit to cutting back on their baby's formula. The study was recently published in the journal Pediatrics
Researchers say it's a dangerous practice that can lead to poor brain development and serious health problems for children. They found that two-thirds of the families in the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program – which provides nutrition basics for low-income women with children – reported running out of WIC-supplied formula toward the end of most months. The study researchers say that in 2009, WIC decreased the amount of formula provided to infants over the age of six months.
The study, led by Dr. Burkhardt, Dr. Beck, Melissa Klein, MD, and Robert Kahn, MD, was conducted at two urban health centers in Cincinnati: The Pediatric Primary Care Center (PPCC) and the Hopple Street Health Center. The centers see roughly 45,000 patient visits per year from underserved neighborhoods. You can read more about the study by clicking here. http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/news/...
My challange to you where ever you maybe in the world is buy 1 can and donate it to a food bank! Most store brand formula is less then getting your hair cut, getting your nails done, or even eatting fast food for a family of 4. 1 can can feed a baby for about a week depending one the childs age. I know here in the USA a can of Walmart brand formula is roughly $14.00. Thats cheap when it may save a babies life.
Edited to add: thanks Local 12 WKRC for writing this and making this public!