Category Archives: Good Parenting

FDA Warns Nursing Moms About Nipple Cream

On Friday the FDA warned women not to use or purchase Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream, marketed by MOM Enterprises Inc. of San Rafael, Calif.

The cream, marketed to nursing moms to help soothe dry or cracked nipples, contains ingredients that according to the FDA may cause respiratory distress, vomiting and diarrhea in infants.

The potentially harmful ingredients in the cream are chlorphenesin and phenoxyethanol.

“FDA is particularly concerned that nursing infants are being unwittingly exposed by their mothers to this product with dangerous side effects,” said Janet Woodcock, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Additionally, these two ingredients may interact with one another to further compound and increase the risk of respiratory depression in nursing infants.”

The company has stopped selling the cream. The FDA said consumers should stop using the cream and consult a doctor if they experience problems or believe that their infant may have experienced problems due to the product.

Mothers whose children may have suffered adverse effects because of this product should contact the FDA’s MedWatch at 800-332-1088.

We Know The Breast Is Best…But Don't Beat Yourself Up!

About a week ago my friend had a baby girl and was surprised by the fact that breastfeeding didn’t come as naturally as she expected. My conversation with her brought back memories about the difficulty I had nursing my son when he was first born and the lack of information I was able to find on the web dealing with this issue.
The lack of information was astounding. Everything I read talked about how breastfeeding is “relaxing” or “may be a little uncomfortable in the beginning”. I would look down at my cracked and bleeding nipples and want to just throw in the towel because I assumed that something must be wrong with me and that I was just not cut out for this “natural” process.
I knew I wanted my son to have breast milk because he was born in December and I wanted him to have the best immune system possible, so I took out my Pump In Style, and began filling the fridge with breast milk. I would also put him to my breast, but if the pain got too bad, I knew I had nourishment for him a bottle away.
It all worked out for us. Eventually my nipples toughened up or my sons mouth got bigger, allowing him to latch on better. The bottom line is he is now almost 17 months old and we still cuddle in the morning and before bed to nurse.
I worried constantly. Would my son suffer from nipple confusion? Did I have too much milk or too little? Why was his poop green this morning? Would my boobs ever return to their perfect 34C size?
Hopefully, a new mom out there will read this blog post and either won’t throw in the towel too soon or will not feel bad about pumping or just plain formula. I was bottle fed and I LOVE my mom we are as close as can be :) and btw…I’m pretty darn healthy too

It's Time To Trash Our Old Bottles…

Many of you have heard the term BPA in the news recently. Baby Bodyguards has done its homework and would like to give a crash course in BPA and identifying products containing BPA and its dangers.
Bisphenol A, also called BPA can be found in hard plastics, such as baby bottles and sippy cups as well as the linings of most food cans. BPA has been used for more than 60 years as the essential ingredient in clear polycarbonate plastic.
Bisphenol A is a hormone-mimicking chemical used in polycarbonate plastics (PC or identified as #7 recycling code) and resins commonly used for items such as shatterproof baby bottles. Bisphenol has estrogenic properties which, in animal tests has shown to cause a bevy of health problems such as an increase in prostate and breast cancer, uro-genital abnormalities in male babies, a decline in semen quality in men, early onset of puberty in girls, metabolic disorders including insulin-resistant (Type 2) diabetes and obesity and neurobehavioral problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Research is showing that when plastic containers, mostly those used to hold liquids and foods, are leeching Bisphenol into the foods and liquids they are holding. Heating food and liquids with these plastics is shown to increase the leeching of this contaminate.
When buying bottles and sippy cups for our children we need to look at the recycling code located on the bottom of the item. If there is a #7 or a #3, the plastic may contain BPA.
There are quite a number of BPA-Free baby products on the market now. In fact, soon the search will be much easier because Babies R Us, has said it will eliminate baby bottles and other-feeding products containing BPA by the end of the year.
I recently trashed my son’s old bottles and replaced them with the Evenflo Classic Tinted Polypropylene bottles and they work great.
I know our children are going to be exposed to certain toxins that are out of our control, but it is good to control the things we are aware of.