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Thursday, January 19, 2012

1 In 8 Low-Income Parents Waters Down Formula, Study Finds

Many low-income parents feel they must resort to “formula stretching,” to keep their infants fed, even with government food assistance programs, a new study shows.

The study found that 30 percent of parents who brought their infants to an inner city children’s clinic didn’t have enough food to make it through each month. And a full 15 percent, or about 1 in 8, made ends meet by watering down their babies’ formula or by feeding less frequently, according to the study which was published in Clinical Pediatrics.

“We knew this was a high-risk population,” said study co-author Andrew Beck, a fellow in general academic pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “But these numbers are still staggering.”



Anonymous said...

Maybe they shouldn't be having kids....

Anonymous said...

Well, everyone has the right to have children. Remember the (I think) Texas family who had their children taken away b/c they lived in a storage unit, but the kids were happy and healthy? Priorities. Mind set. But I would like to see the fathers involved, how many children in the family, employment status, etc.

Anonymous said...

Formula? How about these "mothers" feed their infants what God intended them to be fed...or what Evolution provided (take your pick lol)?? No, they won't do that because it's takes effort, discipline and consistency to breast feed a child. It isn't easy; it's hard work. It's much easier to nuke some baby sludge in a plastic bottle and jamb it in the infats face.

Anonymous said...

Breast milk is free and the most nutritious way to feed your child. This makes no sense.