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The Eco-friendly Mom and Baby for the 21st Century
Date:6/10/2008

Giving Your Baby a Healthy Start in Life

NEW YORK, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Having a baby gives moms a whole new outlook on being eco-friendly. But choosing the best foods, clothing and nontoxic products for pregnancy, babies and young children can be a source of anxiety for many women.

Experts speaking today at a March of Dimes luncheon for reporters here, titled "The Eco-Friendly Baby: Common Sense Guidelines for Mom," helped de-mystify the subject and provided tips to help moms become smart and knowledgeable "green" consumers.

Alan Greene, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician and author of "Raising Baby Green: The Earth Friendly Guide To Pregnancy, Childbirth and Baby Care"; and Joel Forman, MD, associate professor of Pediatrics and Community and Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, answered some of the most frequently asked questions, including:

Is organic food best for pregnant women? The most important consideration for pregnant women and those thinking about becoming pregnant is getting essential nutrients such as folic acid, calcium and a wide variety of fruits, grains and vegetables in their diet. Dr. Greene advises that women can reduce exposure to pesticides and other contaminants by shopping wisely and choosing some organic products. He believes it's worth seeking out certain organic fruits and vegetables such as apples, peaches and potatoes, as well as beef, milk and soy products to avoid chemicals found in the conventional versions of those items. He also urges women to cut back on processed foods.

What about infant formulas and baby food? Dr. Forman says breastfeeding is best for babies. When it's time to switch to solid foods, Dr. Greene says, go for organic whole grain cereals.

Are some baby bottles safer than others? Recent studies show that plastics made from certain chemicals (phthalates and bisphenol A or BPA) may cause a risk to children's health. Since research is still
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