Risk of bacterial infection from formula

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Risk of bacterial infection from formula

Recently, there was a big scare that happened with a bacteria that goes by two different names. The second name, the more recent one, is actually hard to pronounce. We are going to call it by the old name, which is cronobacter. Cronobacter happens to love powdered formula. The news made it sound like it was a very widespread problem. The reality of it was that there were three children in the Midwest that developed a bacterial infection from this cronobacter. One of them did die. It's a very scary and real threat, but if you think about it statistically, the CDC reports between 3 and 4 percent of this happening every year. Most of those are not deaths, but they do get very, very sick. Even if we are taking it to the most amount of children, that's 12 children compared to the millions that do drink formula. We have to look at the relative risk of these things, Instead of being scared by it, it's important to use it as a learning tool. I think it is great that attention is being given to this.

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Suzanne Barston, CLC

Blogger & Author of Bottled Up

Suzanne Barston, CLC is the former Editor-in-Chief of Los Angeles Family Magazine, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a freelance writer specializing in parenting, women’s interest, and science/health topics. She is the author of Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t and blogs as her alter ego, the "Fearless Formula Feeder". "FFF", as it’s known to an international fan base representing over 40 countries, supports parents dealing with issues of guilt, fear, conflict and uncertainty regarding infant feeding difficulties and choices through critical assessments of research, pithy commentary, practical advice, and a weekly series allowing parents to share stories in a cathartic way. She is also the co-creator of the #ISupportYou movement. 

Barston was raised outside of Boston and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in 2000. After living and working in Chicago and London, she now resides in Los Angeles with her husband, the photographer Steven Barston, and their two obnoxiously cute children. She and her husband were featured on two award-winning online reality series for Pampers.com, A Parent is Born and Welcome to Parenthood, about their pregnancy and first years as parents. Suzanne's writing and her work with FFF and Bottled Up have been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, SheKnows.com, Babble.com, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Parenting, Babytalk, OhBaby!, Fit Pregnancy, The Observer, Yahoo Shine!, Australia's Good Weekend magazine, and on a variety of radio programs including KPCC's "Take Two", numerous NPR affiliates, "Parenting Unplugged", "Positive Parenting", "Mom Enough", "For Crying Out Loud", "Voice of Russia", and more. Suzanne was honored to be one of the keynote Voices of the Year in 2012 for the annual BlogHer conference.

She currently works both as a writer and as an Infant Feeding Counselor. 


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