Wednesday, November 26, 2008

formula can be dangerous to preemies

little c was a preemie
you might not know it now if i told you
when he was in the nicu, he had two full days that he was supplemented with formula
i was told it was necessary with his early arrival
that it was specific for preemies
i didn't even know the brand
thankfully, he was never supplemented again when my milk came in
and i hope i was able to undo any compromises that the artificial milk may have caused for his g.i. tract

in any case, it was with great interest that i read this article about preemies who have been diagnosed with meningitis may have actually gotten sick from powdered artificial milk, as it cannot be sterilized in the same manner as ready-made liquid can. another possible, and potentially more fatal infection can also occur - Enterobacter sakazakii, or E-sak.

"... powdered infant formulas are not sterile and should not be fed to premature infants or infants who might have immune problems unless directed and supervised by your baby's doctor."
"...investigation uncovered other cases in which powdered formula was blamed for causing brain damage or death in infants. There have been at least two Illinois cases and cases in at least 17 other states."

the article -

Risky formula

Powdered infant milk linked to deadly form of meningitis in preemies

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