Mommy woke up this morning to this article on her iPad news page. She read the headline and cringed… and then read the story and became more and more angry. THEN the tweets started flying through my feed, and she just got annoyed.
A few things first: Mommy is really, really oversensitive about breast feeding and firmly believes in the right of formula to exist – if it didn’t, after all, I would have been in big trouble. Also, the death of any child is an overwhelming tragedy, and we send thoughts and prayers to the grieving family. Finally, there may be facts in existence that were not presented in the article.
BUT. The headline, “Wal-Mart pulls powdered formula after Mo. baby’s death” implies that the formula directly caused the child’s infection – and *maybe* it did. The article, itself, though, does NOT support that being the case… and it became clear from my Twitter feed that many, many people did not read the full article before going into full on self-righteous Gisele-Bundchen-esque judgment of formula feeding.
The second paragraph of the story reads “No government recall had been ordered for the 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powder with the lot number ZP1K7G. Manufacturer Mead Johnson Nutrition said its records showed the lot tested negative for the bacterium before it was shipped.” The spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, went on to state “At this point it has not been determined whether the illness is linked to the formula or an outside source.”
So, why is Walmart recalling the formula? Is Missouri placing a boil order on water in the family’s area? Did they recall the bottles that were used? How about the child’s carseat or toys, or anything else he may have sucked on?
Finally, it seems to us that Enfamil made more formula in the batch in question than the one can that this specific family used. Are there any other reported infant fatalities?
Again, it may be that there ARE facts that are not released in this specific piece that implicate the formula in some way, but the headline seems overblown and sensationalized to capitalize on the controversial breastfeeding vs. formula feeding debate.
Just our $0.02