Formula for older babies/toddlers/child

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Formula for older babies/toddlers/child
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Wed, 05-21-2003 - 8:31pm
I am curious. What do you all think aobut formula for older babies/toddlers/children. Those formulas specifically formulated to be a complete source of nutrition. Are those just as risky??

Many of you know that my son who is now 2.5yrs old is g-tube fed....that is, he receives formula through a tube in his stomach. He would have surely died if it weren't for this formula.

Is it just babies you have problems with who are on formula, or any person......be it a child or adult??



christine


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Wed, 05-21-2003 - 9:32pm
My opinion on this is like any other child: if your child is CAPABLE of eating normal food, then liquid diet like the Pediasure, Ensure, whatever, is not as good as a well-balanced diet of real food (and therefore COULD have some risk to it). Since he is NOT able to eat normal food, then this is the best option for him. *If* you were able to pump and give him breastmilk, I'd probably say that would be better for him, but I equate breastmilk (for babies) to a well-balanced diet (in adults/older children), and formula (for babies) to total liquid nutrition (for adults/older children).

JMO.

Fio.

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Wed, 05-21-2003 - 9:35pm
I was under the impression that bm doesn't provide everything a toddler needs after a certain age. Isn't it lacking in a few nutrients?? That's why solid food is to be introduced by a year??


christine


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Wed, 05-21-2003 - 9:51pm
I think that SOME kids CAN become anemic or something, but it is not a given. I believe it is most important to follow the kid's needs. I do personally know children who have nursed exclusively to 2 years with no signs of anemia or anything.

There is suggestion of the idea that perhaps a bit of anemia is NORMAL and good for a child after 6 mos, as in past times, children were not taking in *significant* amounts of solid foods until 18-24 mos of age (this is in prehistoric times I mean).

Also, some older people, adults on chemotherapy, or people with severe problems (ie missing part of their intestine, whatever) live for a lengthy period of time on breastmilk alone. Months to years. With few (if any?) known problems.

But I do think that this is another case of what is normal: I don't think that most kids will wait until 24 mos until they take *a* bite of solids. Most will be starting btwn 6-12 mos. Starting GRADUALLY. Most adults are not on breastmilk, nor are most older children on breastmilk alone (it is for those extra special cases really, where you hear of kids having exclusively breastmilk for like 11 years or wahtever...really bad medical problems). For the regular person's case, I'd say having breastmilk alone is not advisable after a couple of years. Not alone for long periods of time (I don't think a week or 10 days for a flu is quite the same situation...). but for a special situation, I think breastmilk, in all its easily-digested glory ;-) would be preferable over other formulae.

Fio.

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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 10:47am
To be honest, I'm having a hard time getting my 28 month dd to eat green vegetables. She will eat carrots, but sometimes all she wants to eat is sweets! I try to limit them, but sometimes I feel that she isn't eating as healthy as she should. So I'm really glad I am still bf'ing. I look at it as a supervitamin. So if I wasn't bf'ing, I would use a toddler formula or vitamin if my child would not eat a variety of foods. I still think whole food is the way to go and would still be trying to get her to eat it (as I'm doing now), but I would supplement if I felt she wasn't eating enough variety of foods.

I think toddler formulas came about because people were no longer nursing toddlers. I'm wondering if perhaps toddlers aren't made to eat a large variety of foods and that is why nursing is important for toddlers also. However, there is very little research on EN.

I think for anyone, whole foods would be the better answer, as the body is able to absorb more vitamins from food. However, if for some reason that person can't eat whole food, then I believe that a formula would be beneficial.

Sherry