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Dr. Lisa Thornton on Breaches in Ideal Infant Feeding

Lisa Thornton, M.D., is an assistant professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Surgery at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine. She has lectured to audiences nationwide and has provided health commentary on the Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, CNN, and many others.

This video is being featured on, the website of Consultant for Pediatricians. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles on key topics in pediatric practice.

A Pediatrician's Commentary on Formula Stretching

Infant formula is expensive and its high cost can contribute to breaches in ideal infant feeding. Many of us see this in our own practices.

Some parents decide to stop formula feeding before their babies reach the age of 12 months. Others start feeding their babies solid foods earlier than recommended, which can contribute to obesity. Still others try to "stretch" their formula by diluting it with extra water.

According to a study published in Clinical Pediatrics, two-thirds of families on WIC run out of WIC-supplied baby formula toward the end of most months. Among these families, 27 percent reported "formula-stretching" or reducing feedings, which can have serious health and developmental consequences for babies.

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