Breastfeeding Support During an Infant Formula Recall
Breastfeeding is a safe infant feeding option. Breastfeeding helps protects infants from foodborne illness and infections. Cronobacter and Salmonella illnesses have been linked to formula use, and breastfeeding is a safer alternative to consider. Families may have concerns about formula safety, and want to maintain or increase their milk supply.
Reach out to a WIC breastfeeding peer counselor or WIC breastfeeding specialist at your local WIC clinic for breastfeeding information and support.
Maintaining and increasing human milk supply is important, particularly when infant formula availability may be limited:
- If you are combining breastfeeding and infant formula feeding, breastfeed more often to increase milk supply and reduce the need for infant formula. The more milk that is removed, the more milk will be produced. See the USDA WIC Breastfeeding website for more information.
- If you were thinking about weaning from breastfeeding, consider waiting to avoid introducing or increasing formula use.
- It is possible to bring back a milk supply after you stopped breastfeeding, or to start producing milk even if baby wasn’t initially breastfed. A lactation consultant can help.
Human milk is one of the best things for babies. To learn more, visit USDA WIC Breastfeeding website.
Donor milk/Milk sharing
- The FDA suggests that a decision to give donor human milk to your infant should be made in consultation with baby’s health care provider and that only screened donor human milk should be used.
- If you have an oversupply of human milk, consider donating extra milk to an area milk bank.
Healthy People 2030 Breastfeeding Goals
Healthy People 2030 Breastfeeding Objectives:
- Increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed exclusively through age 6 months (MICH‑15)
- Increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed at 1 year (MICH‑16)
Research has shown that there is no better food than human milk for the baby's first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, economic, and emotional benefits to the lactating person and the baby. There are also significant benefits to the community, workplace, and the environment.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified breastfeeding as the ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants, and has recognized breastfeeding as primary in achieving optimal infant and child health, growth, and development. The Academy recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. Continued breastfeeding, with the gradual addition of appropriate complementary foods, is recommended for the remainder of the first year and for as long as mother and child desire. Long overlooked as an important factor in reducing health care costs, breastfeeding promotion has now become a national priority.
For more information about the importance of breastfeeding, find resources on breastfeeding education, breastfeeding support in child care settings, and links to other breastfeeding websites.