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How to Navigate Through A Baby Food Recall

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How to Navigate Through A Baby Food Recall

In recent years, we’ve been getting many alerts on baby food recalls. Whether the media hypes it up, whether the brand takes responsibility for the product, whether it’s a repeat offender or something entirely new, baby food recalls can cause anxiety for a new mom. They also initiate doubt on trusted food sources. But before you assume the worst and change up everything, here are a few tips to help you navigate through the recalls.

  • Refer to the brand’s website. It’s important to get the facts directly from the source so that you don’t process every single thing you hear –- especially when the media is known to “over-hype.” The brand will likely issue a press release stating the problem and a potential solution, which means they have taken actionable steps towards fixing the issue.
  • Familiarize yourself with competitor brands. We all have brand loyalty so it’s easier said than done to turn your back on a brand, especially when they’ve been your go-to for so long. But try to familiarize yourself with other brands that offer similar products so that in the interim of a recall, you’ll have options. Even if the switch isn't permanent, it's a good way to weather the storm until you have resolution on the recall.
  • Review the ingredient list. It’s important to understand what goes into the food packaging that’s been recalled. For many food items, the primary ingredients are listed, so you could potentially replicate it by making it yourself. We know, we know: you may not have the time for this task. But since a recall is only temporary, a little cooking might be worth a try, especially if your child loves the product.
  • Stay calm. We realize it's alarming -- for all of us. However, if you follow the above steps, you'll have an actionable plan to navigate through this hurdle.
  • Don't be afraid of the brand who issued the recall. It's not like all the products are an issue. As long as a brand takes responsibility and you understand the issue at hand, well, just like in every other part of parenting, this too shall pass.

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By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.

$159.99

Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!

$29.99

Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.

$29.99

Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌

$9.99

Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.

$14.99

Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.

$24.99

Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.

$8.99

Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.

$7.99


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