Ann Kellams, MD, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, was interviewed for an article in TIME about the latest baby formula recall. The voluntary recall of Nutramigen Hypoallergenic Infant Formula Powder is due to a potential bacterial contamination, which can cause cronobacter sakazakii infection. Dr. Kellams says, “Cronobacter can have fatal consequences for a newborn as their immune systems are very immature.” She also comments on whether the recall could lead to another shortage of this special hypoallegenic formula used by infants with dairy allergies. The process of creating the formula is complex and can lead to errors, according to Dr. Kellams.
Dr. Kellams is board-certified in both pediatrics and breastfeeding and lactation medicine, an international board-certified lactation consultant, and founder and director of the UVA Breastfeeding Medicine program.
Read the full story in TIME.