I got a very mysterious padded envelope in yesterday's mail. Inside, nothing but a letter notifying me about a product recall for Similac infant formula. Normally I would have thrown this out without even reading it, since there are no babies in our household and we never fed the boys formula, anyway. But the padded envelope made me curious -- they really wanted to make sure I saw this letter.
I am not making this up. Apparently, Similac samples that were mass mailed to our address (and thrown out by me) were among the tainted formula products. If you or anyone you know is formula feeding a baby, please read this article and visit the manufacturer's web site to check the lot numbers of your formula containers and for information on how to get beetle-free Similac or a refund on your tainted formula.
If you are pregnant now and hoping to breastfeed your baby, I highly recommend that you read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding from the La Leche League before your baby is born. Most hospital nurses don't know enough about breastfeeding to help you if you have trouble getting the baby latched on correctly in the beginning, and getting off to a good start is really important (nursing a baby isn't supposed to hurt, so if you are experiencing a lot of soreness you should get help from a lactation consultant or from a friend who has been there and done that before). Get yourself a little support network of moms you know who are breastfeeding successfully or who have breastfed successfully in the past. If you don't know anyone else who is breastfeeding, you can contact your local La Leche League group to connect with other breastfeeding moms near you.