On Nutrition: Infant formula do’s and don’ts

With the recent recall and subsequent shortage of certain infant formulas, parents are scrambling to find appropriate alternatives. Are there any?

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Updated: June 4, 2022 @ 1:46 am

In a real pinch, the AAP recently (and cautiously) approved cow’s milk for a brief period of time (not more than one week) in babies who are 7 to 12 months of age. Because cow’s milk does not contain as much iron as infant formula, make sure to feed your infant plenty of iron-containing foods such as meat or iron-fortified cereals, say these experts. (Phenphayom Chamlaor/Dreamstime/TNS)

In a real pinch, the AAP recently (and cautiously) approved cow’s milk for a brief period of time (not more than one week) in babies who are 7 to 12 months of age. Because cow’s milk does not contain as much iron as infant formula, make sure to feed your infant plenty of iron-containing foods such as meat or iron-fortified cereals, say these experts. (Phenphayom Chamlaor/Dreamstime/TNS)

With the recent recall and subsequent shortage of certain infant formulas, parents are scrambling to find appropriate alternatives. Are there any?

For moms who breastfeed their babies, keep on nursing. Breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months of life provides the best nutrition and health protection for babies.