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1852Re: [lactivism] New DHA and Infant Formula Report

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  • Tami Schlosser LS CLE CLC
    Feb 1, 2008
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      Thank you Marsha! I just added this information to my website. Thank you!!

      On Feb 1, 2008 9:58 AM, <Marshalact@...> wrote:
      > Because I have been receiving many questions about this issue I thought I
      > would send a short note about the report and some of our next steps. As many
      > of you know, the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy (NABA)
      > contributed to a report written by The Cornucopia Institute on the novel
      > oils DHA and ARA in infant formula. These oils appear to be marketing tools
      > to tell mothers that formula is now "as close as ever to breast milk." These
      > lab-produced, hexane-extracted algal and fungal oils have been linked to
      > diarrhea, vomiting and other adverse reactions in some infants, but the
      > formula companies are not sharing the possibility of side effects with
      > parents. We know of infants who suffered through months of diarrhea because
      > their parents did not know that a simple switch to non-DHA/ARA formula
      > would, in many cases, relieve symptoms within a day.
      > I hope you will take a look at the report. A quick scan of the highlighted
      > quotes and photo captions will give you a sense of the report's contents
      > although I do encourage you to take the time to read it in its entirety. The
      > report is available for free download at
      > http://cornucopia.org/index.php/replacing-mother-infant-formula-report/
      > On this webpage, you will also notice an Action Alert. NABA and The
      > Cornucopia Institute have jointly filed a petition with the FDA to require a
      > warning label on infant formula containing these novel oils. We believe that
      > parents have the right to know that these oils may be the cause of their
      > infant's diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems. We need to persuade
      > the FDA to take action on this important issue! Please take a minute to look
      > at the action alert and craft a short email or letter to the FDA
      > commissioner. We have also petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to
      > investigate misleading advertising claims by infant formula manufacturers.
      > Also, we are interested in hearing from parents whose infants suffered
      > health problems potentially related to DHA/ARA oils in infant formula. All
      > names will be held in strict confidence. We would like to share their
      > stories with government regulators, infant formula companies, and the
      > public. Showing that these adverse reactions are real—impacting real babies
      > and real families—will hopefully go a long way in convincing lawmakers and
      > corporate executives to take action and protect these vulnerable infants.
      > We need your help in finding infants and their parents, and inviting them to
      > share their stories. If you know anyone who has been impacted, please ask
      > them to email their story, in confidence, to The Cornucopia Institute, at
      > cultivate@....
      > Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC
      > Weston, MA
      > ________________________________
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