1852Re: [lactivism] New DHA and Infant Formula Report
- Feb 1, 2008Thank 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
> 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
> Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC
> Weston, MA
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