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Is Baby Formula Safe for Premies?

by | May 24, 2022 | Child Injury, Product Liability

Why Cow Milk-Based Formula May Be Dangerous for Premature Babies

Research indicates that cow milk-based formula may be dangerous for premature infants. Multiple studies show that preemies or babies born prior to 37 weeks of gestation who were fed bovine (cow) milk-based formula were at a higher risk of developing a potentially deadly gastrointestinal disease known as necrotizing enterocolitis or NEC.

Families of premature infants diagnosed with NEC are strongly encouraged to retain legal counsel. At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner, & Davey, P.A., we are currently accepting NEC formula lawsuit claims. 

If your premie was fed formula and subsequently diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact our office at (410) 685-2022 for a free, no-obligation consultation. 

Should Premature Infants Receive Baby Formula?

Studies over the last several decades have shown an increased risk for necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants who were fed cow milk-based formula. Cow milk-based formula such as that sold by Enfamil and Similac dominates the market, accounting for nearly 80% of the baby formula sold. 

Despite concerns over the link between formula-fed premies and an increased risk of the potentially fatal condition, cow milk-based formula is still provided in hospitals and available at stores nationwide.

What Is NEC?

Necrotizing enterocolitis or NEC is a dangerous disease that can cause inflammation of the intestines. Depending on the severity, it can cause a perforation in the intestines. Complications from NEC can include serious blood infections such as sepsis which may prove fatal. NEC and sepsis are two of the leading causes of death in infants born prior to 37 weeks of gestation. 

Despite knowing the dangers associated with their product, the manufacturers of Enfamil and Similac did nothing to warn consumers. Enfamil is the flagship product of nutrition giant Mead Johnson & Company, while Similac is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories. Neither company has issued an NEC-related recall of their products.

What Should I Do If My Baby Was Diagnosed with NEC?

If your premature infant (premie) was fed cow milk-based formula such as Enfamil or Similac, you might be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product. Data shows that premies who were fed formula derived from bovine milk are at a higher risk of developing life-threatening NEC. 

Across the country, families are filing lawsuits against the makers Similac and Enfamil for putting a dangerous product on the market and in hospitals. You may have a claim against the manufacturers if your child was born prematurely (before 37 weeks), was fed cow milk-based formula, and was later diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). 

It is strongly recommended that you contact an experienced product liability attorney immediately to discuss your claim. 

Was Your Premie Diagnosed with NEC After Being Fed Formula?

At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner, & Davey, P.A., we believe in holding manufacturers accountable for the dangerous products they put on the market. We are fierce advocates and dedicated trial lawyers that have recovered millions on behalf of our clients.

Contact our office today at (410) 685-2022 for a free consultation. All NEC formula lawsuit claims will be reviewed directly with an attorney.

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