Baby formulas---what's in them?
Women beware! Once again we're not being given the credit due when it comes to how we make up our minds!
The FDA is looking into the health claims of baby formulas. Specifically the FDA wants to "assess women's understanding of and response to various statements on infant formula labels." The information will be used to help the agency determine if women are influenced by the labels.
When's the last time you bought something at the grocery store on a whim because you suddenly saw something on the label? Does what's on the label influence your decision? If you're like me, you mostly make decisions about what you're going to buy before you get to the store and you have brands you are loyal to. When it comes to something important like baby formula, I think most women make their decision after talking with their pediatrician and with friends. Afterall, we want what's best for our baby and we're not going to make the decision lightly.
Nor are we going to make the decision solely based on the label. But let me ask you something. What's wrong with putting on the label the fact that baby formula contains DHA or Omega-3 fatty acids? Those additives are in there because they are in breast milk and have been shown to help brain and eye development in infants. Baby formula is designed to mimic breast milk as much as possible. If there's something in breast milk that helps with babies' brain development and eyesight, and we have the scientific ability to put it in baby formula, why woudln't we do that? And, if you're buying baby formula, wouldn't you want to know that those crucial additives that can help your baby are in there? Wouldn't you want to know that what you're buying is as close to breast milk as it can be?
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