Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Benson Baby Gets Sick, Mom Suspects Recalled Formula "

Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Benson Baby Gets Sick, Mom Suspects Recalled Formula
By JON SOLES Of The Record Staff
Annette Mize said Parent?s Choice baby formula, a Wal-Mart brand, may have made her 6-month-old son Seth sick. Daily Record Photo/Jon Soles
A soy-based baby formula has been recalled because it may contain a bacteria that causes infections in high-risk infants.
One Johnston County mother said her infant son is sick after digesting the recalled product.??Annette Mize, who lives on Fairground Road near Benson, said she was feeding her 6-month-old son, Seth, Parent?s Choice soy-based infant food ? the Wal-Mart store brand. She said he experienced severe diarrhea last week and again this week. She said the diarrhea is so severe, it caused her son to bleed." [Woman is also upset that Wal-Mart didn't publicize the recall..- jc]
Natural choice
Tom McCoag / Amherst Bureau
Nancy Letcher gets help from five-month-old Abbey as she writes a note on her Cumberland County Breastfeeds calendar. Letcher was one of more than a dozen women who posed with their children for the calendar.

Natural choice
Calendar designed to encourage breastfeeding as healthier, cheaper than bottles, formula

By Tom McCoag / Amherst Bureau

Amherst - BEING photographed for a calendar promoting breastfeeding came naturally for Carey Ewert and her six-month-old son Ocean.

"It wasn't strange at all posing for the photographer, Catherine Bussiere," Ewert says, glancing over at the calendar whose cover features her and Ocean. "It was something we were doing anyway, and as far as I was concerned it was just a picture of me feeding my baby."

Ewert was one of more than a dozen women photographed breastfeeding their babies for Cumberland County Breastfeeds, a 2003 calendar produced by the Cumberland Breastfeeding Network to encourage the process in the county.

"I was four months pregnant when I came to Nova Scotia from Alberta, and I was shocked because awareness here about breastfeeding is a lot less than it is in Alberta," Ewert says.

"In fact, in the month that I gave birth to Ocean, I was the only mother who told the nurses at the hospital that I was going to breastfeed my baby."
Women encouraged to breastfeed for longer "

A breastfeeding support group says there must be a mental shift if breastfeeding rates are to increase.
The Government has launched an initiative encouraging more women to breastfeed and for longer." [New Zealand's health ministe rhas a new action plan, "Breastfeeding: a Guide to Action." Breastfeeding rates drop from about two-thirds at six weeks to half at three months.]