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. Don’t start him off on an unhealthy foot.
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? 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 what they need. It is also a very rough process on baby’s tummy to treat it like a garbage disposal system, often overwhelming baby’s digestive system 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: