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Breastfed Babies Cry More, UK Study Finds

George Doyle/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Breastfed babies cry more than formula-fed ones, but that’s normal, so stick with it.  Formula-fed babies may be quieter but overfed.

That’s the message the U.K. Medical Research Council wants mothers to take from a study published this week in the science journal PLoS One.

The British and U.S. governments recommend mothers exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of a child’s life.  They cite research showing breastfeeding is healthier for babies and mothers.  Some researchers even say it makes children, especially boys, smarter.

In both countries, official statistics show three-quarters of new mothers follow this advice, but many give up in the first few months, if not weeks.  According to the latest U.S. data, 13 percent of those who tried completed the whole six months.

The most common reason given by women in Britain’s 2005 Infant Feeding Survey was, “Breast milk alone didn’t satisfy my baby.”

This means mothers perceive irritability as “a negative signal,” a Medical Research Council statement said, an interpretation perhaps few mothers would challenge.

However, “[R]ather than being a sign of stress, the researchers say irritability is a natural part of the dynamic communication between mothers and babies and should not deter women from breastfeeding,” the release continued.

And formula-fed babies, “may appear more content, but research suggests that these infants may be over-nourished and gain weight too quickly,” wrote the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Ken Ong, of University of Cambridge.

To study the link between infant temperament and feeding, the study asked mothers of 316 babies to rate their baby’s behavior at age three months.  Compared with formula-fed babies, exclusive breast-fed and mixed-fed babies showed “greater distress,” “less smiling” and “lower soothability,” according to the article.

Susan Burger, PhD, president of the New York Lactation Consultant Association, faulted the study for assessing babies’ temperaments using mothers’ self-reported data but agreed with the study’s goal of giving mothers more realistic expectations as a way to bolster breastfeeding.

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Lower Protein Infant Formula Supports Growth Rate Similar to Breast Milk, Study Says

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MADISON, N.J.) -- In a recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that infants who were fed a lower-protein infant formula gained weight at a rate similar to infants who were breastfed.

"This study showed that when we fed infants with a formula that contained specially-adjusted levels of protein that more closely matched those found in breast milk, these babies grew at a rate similar to breastfed babies," said Rosario Capeding, M.D., from the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in the Philippines.

Dr. Capeding, a pediatrician, added that early childhood nutrition is especially important and that child growth and development are dependent on support from nutrients in the "most appropriate proportions."

Although not determined in the study, Dr. Capeding also emphasized the benefits of breastfeeding pointing to the immunity that breast milk provides.

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Similac Recall: Bugs in Baby Formula Worry Parents

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Abbott Laboratories is voluntarily recalling up to 5 million containers of its popular powdered Similac infant formula after finding evidence that beetles had possibly contaminated it.  The company said the recall affects all rectangular plastic tubs of powdered Similac and some 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans manufactured in one area of a plant in Sturgis, Michigan, and distributed in the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.  Abbott, which initiated the recall after detecting "the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle," believes the recalled lots "pose no serious health concern," spokeswoman Raquel Powers said in an interview Thursday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined that "while the formula poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort" and refuse to eat.  Parents should consult a doctor if symptoms persist more than a few days, the agency said.

Cans bearing lot numbers with the following combinations -- T3, RE, 9V, NT -- were unaffected, as were all liquid Similac products, Powers said.  Any containers included in the recall should be returned to the company at no cost to consumers.

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