Fluoride in the water is a controversial subject these days. But regardless of your opinion for the benefits(or not) for adults it’s a detriment to our children, especially infants. If you are formula feeding or supplementing with formula or juice that contains tap water, consider using bottled spring water instead. The health of your child’s teeth depends on it.
“The lack of a warning is concerning because parents are using fluoridated tap water to reconstitute baby formula, and fluoridated drinking water contains up to 250 times more fluoride than breast milk (1000 ppb in fluoridated tap water vs. 5-10 ppb in breast milk). This means that babies consuming formula made with fluoridated tap water are exposed to much higher levels of fluoride than a breast-fed infant. A baby drinking fluoridated formula receives the highest dosage of fluoride among all age groups in the population whereas a breast-fed infant receives the lowest, and few scientists dispute the concept that mother’s milk has the optimal nutrient composition for infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics clearly states:
“Exclusive breastfeeding is the reference or normative model against which all alternative feeding methods must be measured with regard to growth, health, development, and all other short- and long-term outcomes.” ”
Fluoride in Kansas City Water since 1981
The McCones led the fight against fluoridating the Kansas City, Missouri, water system in the early 1960s. The couple gathered signatures to put the city’s purchase of fluoridation equipment on the ballot. The city ignored the petition, contending it was an administrative matter not subject to a public vote. In 1963, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled in favor of the McCones and the issue went before the people, who defeated fluoridation in 1964. But the issue resurfaced in 1980, and this time voters approved it. The next year, fluoride began flowing into Kansas City’s water system.