Mead Johnson sued for baby's infant formula death

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mead Johnson sued for baby's infant formula death
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Wed, 10-17-2012 - 11:03am

Mead Johnson sued for baby's infant formula death

The families of a 10-day-old Missouri baby who died and two others sickened by meningitis caused by the chronobacter sakazakii bacteria have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the powdered baby formula believed responsible.

According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Avery Cornett died Dec. 18, after being fed Enfamil Premium Newborn powdered formula. Porsche Rapacz was fed Enfamil Premium Newborn and Nadilynn Mohler was fed that formula and Enfamil Gentlease.

 The lawsuit accuses manufacturer, Illinois-based Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., of negligence. It contends that since 2000, environmental sampling from Mead Johnson's facilities has “revealed harmful bacteriain (in) raw ingredients, premix product and finished products.”

The lawsuit seeks damages for negligence.


Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-mead-johnson-sued-for-babys-infant-formula-death-20121016,0,221195.story

Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003

That's HORRIBLE! I definitely would sue. The way formula useage is spun, people need to be able to use it with confidence. I have known of some breastfeeding mothers who do to severe illness might do a combination of both, resuming exclusive breastfeeding when back to health. When you're real sick, the last thing the household needs to do is worry about whether or not the formula they're grabbing off the shelf might kill the baby.

Gail

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

<<When you're real sick,the last thing the household needs to do is worry about whether or not the formula they're grabbing off the shelf might kill the baby.>>

Sick or not - anyone that uses formula should not have to worry about this! It is truly scary... and heart-breaking.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003

I do my best not to fearmonger regarding breast vs formula feeding but something like this is based on facts.

Gail

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

I wonder though, if everyone would agree with you that it is based on fact?

Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Good point. Even when presented with facts, people aren't too inclined to agree if it's outside their comfort zone.

Gail

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Registered: 05-20-2008

<<I wonder though, if everyone would agree with you that it is based on fact?>>The reality is almost certainly no. Some users of formula will undoubtedly refuse to believe that contaminated formula is at all a risk and will likely decry this lawsuit becuase the notion that maybe the formula companies do not take sufficient steps to prevent contamination is very scary to them. The reality is that for some moms, breastfeeding is just so outputting that they will do whatever is necessary to convince themselves that formula is 100% safe and close enough to BM health-wise.

Even people who wanted to BF but ended FF'ing for preventable reasons such as lack of support/getting bad BF advice, they also don't want to face the reality that formula may be riskier then they would like to believe. I believe though that their efforts would be better spent trying to fix the issue that lead them and other moms like them to unnecessarily have to switch to formula, whether it's simply making sure they themselves are better prepared for BF'ing with their next child or helping to improve BF support overall. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen as often enough as it should because too many moms who tried to BF but ended up FF'ing just don't realize they were under-prepared or got bad support/advice and that that is the reason they failed at BF'ing.

I think in some of those BF turned FF moms, they too don't want to accept that maybe the system failed them or that formula may not be as safe as they want to believe. With the former, they may wrongly blame themselves for not being better informed or being to trusting of doctors/nurse to provide good BF support/advice. With the latter, it''s simply that they, being under the mistaken impression they had no choice but to FF, don't want to accept that their are any risks. This is why i believe that if moms viewed formula is as sort of like a medications then we would be able to discuss that risks of formula without the need for FF'rs/formula defenders to be so defensive and in denial about the risks of formula. We don't generally see people discount the risks of antibiotics, narcotics, heart drugs, ADD drugs, etc. since we have long recognized and accepted that medications have side effects but that overall when used properly the benefits outweigh the side effects. If we viewed formula as something that you used only if BF was not possible then we would see fewer moms getting upset at the idea that formula has risks.

The problem currently is though that many formula defenders are very stuck on the idea that any mom who wants should have heaven and earth moved to accommodate their choice to FF and should have every effort made to help them not feel even the slights but guilty about that even if that means lying about or downplaying the risks of formula. I support them having the choice to a certain extent but I don't support lying to them about or downplaying the risks of formula. If they happen to feel guilty about their CHOICE then they can either find their own way to deal with that or find a way to be comfortable with choosing to BF next time. So long as BF advocates are not intentionally trying to instill guilt in FF'rs then I don't think we should be responsible for unintended guilt.

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