Why Baby Formula is Bad


Why Not Formula?

It is a fact that infant formula has saved lives, but that doesn’t make it ideal or better then breast milk. Think of formula as the air bag in your car, it’s a must to have around, but you don’t want to use it every day. Even if formula was nutritionally the same, it would not have the antibodies and other active components of breast milk. If you are able to breast feed, you owe it to your baby and yourself. Don’t start baby off on an unhealthy foot if you have the ability to breastfeed.

What is in formula?

Corn Syrup is one of the main ingredients in Similac and other top brands measuring at 35-40% of the total volume of formula. Corn Syrup is the main cause of diabetes in America. A top ingredient in the soy-based formulas is soy protein Isolate, which is derived from a hexane chemical extraction process, and 90% of soy products in the US are from GMO (Genetically Modified) crops. The DHA in infant formula is extracted from fermented micro-algae and ARA is extracted from soil fungus.  These are new to the food industry and their longterm effects of these puedo ingredients is not known.  To extract these ingredients from the fungus, a petroleum refining product called Hexane is used.  Hexane is also a known neurotoxin and air pollutant.

As a parent you have the right to know what your baby is eating. Whey, one of the main ingredients in almost all formulas, is a waste by-product of producing certain dairy products, particularly cheeses.  It’s been said often enough, but if you can’t pronounce it, it probably isn’t something you want to put into your body.  Reading the ingredient labels on formula can be daunting:

magnesium chloride, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, soy lecithin, mono and diglycerides, inositol, choline bitartrate sodium ascorbate, alpha tocophyeryl acetate, naicinamide, calcum pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, phylloquinone, biotin, vitamin D3, vitamin B12, taurine, L-carnitine… the list goes on

 How Does Formula Work?

Breast is Best

Formula attempts to dump an overload of calories and nutrients into a baby’s system in hopes that they will be able to filter through it all and extract what they need out of it.  For this reason, formula fed babies need much more in volume than breast fed babies in order to get the nutrition required.  It is also a very rough process on baby’s tummy to treat it like a garbage disposal system, often overwhelming baby’s digestive tract and causing colic, diarrhea, upset tummies and bad bacterial growth in the gut.


Potentially Dangerous Ingredients:

Reuters.com states that trace amounts of melamine, a chemical used to make plastics, have been found in baby formulas and were found in one type of baby formula sold in the United States. While several babies in China were sickened by or died from melamine poisoning, no babies have gotten sick in the United States as of January 2010.

ABC News reported in 2009 that perchlorate, a chemical found in rocket fuel, was found in 15 brands of baby formula in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency stated that the amounts of this chemical that were present in the infant formula were considered safe, but the Centers for Disease Control said that there was still some concern, especially in areas that had high levels of perchlorate in the water.

Bisphenol-A, or BPA, is a chemical that is commonly found in certain plastics. It can affect the brain and reproductive organs of humans, and has been found in infant formulas. According to naturallysavvy.com, using powdered baby formula instead of ready-to-use formula can minimize the risk, as the powdered form contains much less BPA.

Some further online resources:

Breastfeeding Support and Info http://liberatedmind.com/2011/08/happy-breastfeeding-week/

What’s in formula? http://www.breastfeeding.com/all_about/all_about_formula.html

Beetles in formula recall:




Cheating Babies:  http://www.cspinet.org/reports/cheat1.html

What you need to know about formula:



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8 thoughts on “Why Baby Formula is Bad”

  • When I had my daughter my doctor was pressuring me to put her on formula because she lost a pound in her first week. It was such a battle to tell him that I was going to keep breastfeeding. I pumped for my daughter for awhile because she had a weak suck, which we later (at 1 week old) found out was a tongue tie. Once we had a frenectomy, her eating improved and within 36 hours she had gain 5 oz!

    I agree, formula should be a last resort, emergency type of thing. Just having a few bumps in the road and giving up easily is not a good reason to deprive a baby of mother’s milk. Pediatricians should support breast feeding mothers as this is the healthier option for mother and baby, but sadly they do not and often turn to formula as the “magic pill” to fix every problem.

    Also good to note that babies are often born with water weight, weighing more than their natural weight. It is normal for them to loose this extra water weight, having lived in a water world for 9 months and then often having extra fluids pumped into them through mom’s IV when she is in C-section surgery or laying in bed with a Spinal. My baby looked “fat in the face” when she was born. She never looked that fat again, it was a puffy kind of look. I don’t think doctors take that into account when talking about weight loss during the first week of baby’s life.

    Thanks for being a champion for momma’s milk!

  • Copper Sulfate is also used in Powdered Infant Formula (even the organic ones) to inactivate Enterobacter sakazakii, a known contaminant of powdered infant formula.

    To me this sounds like a poison is added to baby food because the baby food contains a deadly bacteria. (yikes)

  • I know too many instances where women are not supported above and beyond by their partners and the women in their lives. Some of our own mothers grew up in an era where formula was a status symbol, a convenience afforded by the well to do. This makes them less likely to KNOW HOW to support a new mother as she learns to breast feed her baby. Breast feeding is not a piece of cake, it takes patience, persistence, and often times expertise from other mothers, grandmothers, women who have been there done that. If a women is 100% supported and encouraged by those closest to her, she is more likely to give up, especially as her hormones go through some drastic changes, her nipples become sore and her sleep is compromised those first few weeks. Thank you for helping contribute to the wealth of knowledge against routinely using formula. Every voice helps!

  • Babies tend to lose weight their first week anyway. They’re being weaned off what they got while inutero and their bodies are learning to process the breastmilk. And usually once a weak suck is fixed then yeah they tend to gain weight really fast. There just needs to be more information about babies and breastfeeding but it seems a lot of knowledge and support for mothers has been lost.

  • I find it odd that as I’m reading this article on your website there is an ad and coupon for Baby’s Only Formula.

  • I know this is an old article but your information is off. Corn syrup is not the main ingredient in Similac Advance. Lactose is. I stopped reading after that. More importantly, babies have starved to death from women determined to breastfeed only who shouldn’t have. But because of articles like this they let their kid die. This mom-shaming needs to stop.

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