Cow milk vs. formula

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Cow milk vs. formula
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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 7:33am
In the conferences I've been to, they said that there has never been a non-biased study that has been done that has proved that formula is, in fact, better for babies than plain cow milk, or a home-made formula. (If anyone can find me one, I'd be very interested, but I do believe that there aren't any studies out there proving this) Logic tells us otherwise; that we could theoretically, with the help of modern science, make something that would be less harmful to our children than pure cow milk. But scientific studies don't exist proving this.

Despite this, if you go see a MD and say you're feeding cow milk or a homemade formula, he will probably just about lynch you...call the CPS, etc. If you go see a MD and say you're feeding formula, most MD's will just say "that's fine, just make sure it's iron-fortified" or something like that. Or some would perhaps promote the brand they are bought out by. ;-) This, despite the multitude of studies proving the differences between bfed and ff'ed kids. Why? Why is it that they are so scared to say ANYTHING promoting bfing, or even *trying* to bf, when they would "promote" ff'ing even in the absence of studies proving a difference btwn ff'ing and feeding cow milk?

Does anyone else think that there is something wrong with this picture?

Fio.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 05-11-2003 - 3:32pm
"Ok, I'll give you that. I think. I have been looking into adding my own DHA/ARA to bottles of formula.....if need be;) "

YK, I have a friend who researched her things thoroughly, and was supplementing her bf baby (she was one of those rare people who really can't produce enough) and she made home made goat's milk formula. She really read up on it, and said she wouldn't have done it if she were not partially feeding breastmilk (at the breast) but she very carefully measured out milk, water, vitamins, DHA/ARA etc. and made sure to have folic acid (which goat's milk is deficient in), etc.

Fio.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 05-11-2003 - 11:05pm
Okey, dokey. Took the info and link off. nt

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