We all know that mother’s milk is best for babies.
But what if you are unable to nurse your newborn for one reason or another, what should you do? In Friday’s post, ‘Thinkin’ about drinkin,’ I had “store-bought” infant formula in 7th place in my list of ten beverages (ranked by health). It was considered to be slightly better than soft drinks, alcohol, and cow’s milk, but not by much.
While researching for this post, I found lots of infant formula brands and decided to take a look at the big three: Similac, Enfamil and Gerber. And while all of them offered some non-dairy versions, I decided to choose what appeared to be the most popular for my analysis.
As for breastfeeding, it seems that most people, including me, were turned off by this recent TIME magazine cover. But as they say in business, any PR is good PR—and this cover is getting a lot of PR. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel quipped, “You think that TIME’s Mothers Day cover was bad? Wait ’til you see what they have planned for Fathers Day.”
This post was inspired by my friend Karen, a grandmother of two, including a newborn baby boy. She told me that she read the list of ingredients of the formula that her daughter was feeding her new baby and couldn’t believe her eyes. Now I know what she was talking about:
Infant Formula—Yum, Yum
Have you taken a look at the ingredients list lately? It doesn’t matter which brand you’re looking at, they’re all pretty scary. Unable to breast feed your newborn?
Then find an enlightened registered dietitian or MD to help you work out a truly healthy way for you to feed that precious child. Here’s what most babies are getting today—and the collective impact on their future health is unknowable data.
WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE (FROM COW’S MILK, ENZYMATICALLY HYDROLYZED, REDUCED IN MINERALS), VEGETABLE OILS (PALM OLEIN, SOY, COCONUT, AND HIGH-OLEIC SAFFLOWER OR HIGH-OLEIC SUNFLOWER), CORN MALTODEXTRIN, LACTOSE GALACTO-OLIGOSACCHARIDES*, AND LESS THAN 2% OF: POTASSIUM CITRATE, POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM CITRATE, MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE, FERROUS SULFATE, ZINC SULFATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, COPPER SULFATE, POTASSIUM IODIDE, MANGANESE SULFATE, SODIUM SELENATE, M. ALPINA OIL**, C. COHNII OIL***, SODIUM ASCORBATE, INOSITOL, CHOLINE BITARTRATE, ALPHA-TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, NIACINAMIDE, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, RIBOFLAVIN, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, FOLIC ACID, PHYLLOQUINONE, BIOTIN, VITAMIN D3, VITAMIN B12, TAURINE, NUCLEOTIDES (CYTIDINE 5′-MONOPHOSPHATE, DISODIUM URIDINE 5′-MONOPHOSPHATE, ADENOSINE 5′-MONOPHOSPHATE, DISODIUM GUANOSINE 5′-MONOPHOSPHATE), ASCORBYL PALMITATE, MIXED TOCOPHEROLS, L-CARNITINE, SOY LECITHIN.
- *A prebiotic fiber sourced from milk.
- **A source of arachidonic acid (ARA).
- ***A source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
My request for input. Whether soy based or dairy based, that list of ingredients is downright scary. So what should we be feeding our babies if we’re unable to breast-feed? Let me hear from you and I will dedicate a future blog to this important topic. I also welcome input from any medical doctors, registered dietitians or nutritionists. Please provide your feedback in a “comment” below or just send me an email.
If you are not a mom yourself, please forward this request to someone who is. Thank you.
This just in. Before posting this appeal for input, I ran across a posting from a fellow blogger, Jess Parsons, who resides in New Zealand. A vegan herself, she did a great job of responding to the TIME cover story on breast-feeding.
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