Kawartha Lakes Mums : Health Canada Raises Concerns About the Use of Homemade Infant Formulas!Are you making homemade infant formula? Health Canada issued an advisory to Canadian parents and caregivers of the potential health risks associated with homemade infant formulas. More people are turning to making their own groceries for various reasons, but homemade infant formal may deprive babies of essential nutrients for their growth and development.
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Health Canada Warns Against Homemade Infant Formulas
Why Homemade Infant Formulas Are DangerousHomemade infant formulas may not provide the proper balance of nutrients that infants need. Health Canada recommends that Canadians consult their health care professional if they have questions about breastfeeding or if they are considering using infant formulas as a breastmilk substitute.
Homemade infant formulas can cause severe malnutrition and potentially fatal illness in infants.
Not Breastfeeding? Why Commercial Infant Formulas Are SaferAll commercial infant formulas must undergo a full safety and nutritional quality assessment by Health Canada before they can be sold. Formula companies must provide scientific evidence that their products support healthy growth in infants and do not pose chemical or microbiological risks. Formula companies are also required to meet standards for the nutritional content of infant formulas, which include energy, protein, fats, vitamins and mineral nutrients. All manufacturers, importers and distributers of infant formula are responsible for ensuring that their products comply with Canadian legislation.
Questions About Infant Formulas?Media enquiries Health Canada (613) 957-2983 Public enquiries (613) 957-2991 1-866 225-0709
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- Health Canada's Infant Feeding information http://adf.ly/4009826/infant-nutrition-health-canada
- Health Canada’s Recommendations for Preparing and Handling Powdered Infant Formula http://adf.ly/4009826/infant-formula-prep-health-canada
- Public Health Agency of Canada's Infant Nutrition information http://adf.ly/4009826/infant-breast-feeding-nutrition-health-c