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Chinese baby formula scandal claims a second life

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While many new moms breastfeed, many use formula for a variety of reasons – and no mom should be condemned or criticized for her feeding choices. Personally, I wish that more moms did breastfeed, but we are all trying to do the best we can for our babies.

I can't even begin to imagine the pain that the parents in China who fed their babies tainted baby formula. At latest count, according to the New York Times, 1253 babies have been made ill and 2 have died from drinking the formula. Fifty-three babies remain in serious condition. The children are developing kidney stones – and if you've ever had a kidney stone or witnessed someone who has, you know how painful they can be.

News reports are detailing that the formula powder was tainted with melamine, a compound to make plastic. Chinese authorities are reporting that employees at the company where the formula powder were questioned and so far, two people have been arrested.

Apparently, the contamination was known about long before it became known and before measures were taken to warn the public. The two deaths are reported to have occurred in May and July. News of the contamination only broke last month.

How very sad. As I said, I just can't imagine it.

Marijke Durning is a nurse, health writer and fellow blogger here at b5media. She writes the popular pregnancy blog Womb Within and another one on pain, pain management and all things pain-related at Help My Hurt.

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