Things You Might Not Know About Formula

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Things You Might Not Know About Formula
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Mon, 09-27-2010 - 6:37pm
Are we really giving parents/caregivers all the information they need to know about formula?!?



An excellent article by Amanda Whitney pointing out the risks babies on formula are exposed to. We buy BPA free bottles but formula cans are lined with it. Baby formula cannot be sterilized and may contain enterobacter sakazakii and salmonella enterica. Soy based formulas may not be good for your growing little ones reproductive system.

Check out this article:



http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20100923/lf_ac/6152012_ten_things_you_may_not_know_about_baby_formula



How do FFers and BFers feel about this???
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Mon, 09-27-2010 - 6:47pm

Welcome to the debate board MaverickChick! Thanks for posting that article and I hope that you will stick around and debate with us.

I read that article recently - and those are many reasons that Formula concerns me. I think that is a great article and wish that all parents would read articles like that and inform themselves of the real risks of choosing formula.




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Mon, 09-27-2010 - 10:38pm

Here's how I feel about each of her points (I'm a bf'er and a ff'er btw).

1. I would prefer we take BPA out of everything. I think one formula manufacturer has done this. We can get bottles and sippy cups without it, but we need more kitchen utensils, bath toys, and beverage containers to be BPA free too.

2. I accept there are health risks to formula, I consider it a valid option for an infant when bf'ing and pumping are not options. There are many more health risks that are not mentioned in this article.

3. If a parent is concerned about sterile formula, skip powdered and go for liquid. I was okay with powdered because my infants were older.

4. Enterobacter sakazakii is very rare.

5. I am not concerned about the risks of obesity or diabetes for my children. They do not have most of the other risk factors for those problems and ff'ing alone IMO isn't enough to get them to be obese. There is zero obesity in our family. A few of my extended relatives have had diabetes, they were male, older and had very unhealthy adult diets.

6. I am really suspicious of soy based formula and soy foods. I avoid them as much as I can. I would not want to be stuck with soy formula at all.

7. Not concerned about FDA inspections.

8. I thought the rocket fuel stuff was also in our foods, in our bodies and in our breastmilk.

9. Not really concerned about kidney issues either. There are a lot of ff'd in my family and we don't seem susceptible to that problem. I'm sure the formula most of my family members were raised on was more of a risk than the formula I fed my children.

10. Double blind, placebo controlled studies show MSG is not an issue.

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Tue, 09-28-2010 - 6:20am

10. Double blind, placebo controlled studies show MSG is not an issue.

What do you mean by that? It is known neurotoxin & it is currently (to my knowledge - maybe you can clarify) not known what the long term complications may be when it is ingested at every meal at the levels it is when added to infant formula. Why not just take it out?

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Tue, 09-28-2010 - 10:40am
What do you mean by that? It is known neurotoxin & it is currently (to my knowledge - maybe you can clarify) not known what the long term complications may be when it is ingested at every meal at the levels it is when added to infant formula.





So you are concerned that it's a neurotoxin yet you accept we don't know that there are any long-term complications? In fact, there is a long list of well controlled studies showing MSG ingested through our diet is not harmful to humans. It's only been shown to be harmful to rodents when newborn rodents were injected with extremely high levels of MSG, higher than it would have ever been possible for them to ingest. At extremely high levels, even water becomes toxic.





Why not just take it out?





It comes from the cows milk for the same reason it's in breastmilk. It is found in breastmilk in much higher concentrations than in cows milk, and it's not impacted by a mothers diet, eating more MSG does not affect the levels of glutamic acid in breastmilk. We've done the calculations here more than once, different people calculating it different ways consistently showed that in the finished product the free glutamates in formula would be lower than the free glutamates in breastmilk.





More info:


http://extoxnet.orst.edu/faqs/additive/ificmsg.htm





In the brain, glutamate serves as a neurotransmitter in addition to its general role in protein and energy metabolism. Neurotransmitters are stored in nerve endings and are used by nerve cells to inhibit or excite target cells, such as muscle or endocrine cells.





Still, the human body metabolizes glutamate added to foods in the same manner it metabolizes glutamate found naturally in many foods. Once glutamate is ingested, our bodies make no distinction between the origins of the glutamate. The body cannot distinguish between free glutamate from tomatoes or added MSG in tomato sauce. (2)





In rodent studies, researchers investigated effects of dietary intake of MSG on reproduction and birth. The study looked at three generations of mice that were fed a daily intake of up to 7.2 g/kg of MSG. No adverse effect was observed in each generation, nor was there evidence of any incident of brain lesions in the neonates. (13)





Besides research on the fetus, scientists also investigated the effect of MSG ingestion on lactation and breast-fed infants. Upon examination of lactating women who consumed MSG at 100 mg/kg of body weight, researchers noticed no increase in the level of glutamate in human milk, and no effect on the infant's intake of glutamate. (2)





Likewise, studies show that breast feeding infants are able to detect the taste of naturally occurring free glutamate, which is 10 times more plentiful in human breast milk than cow's milk. (14) According to Baker et al, a newborn infant, through breast feeding, ingests more free glutamate per kilogram of body weight than during any other period of its life. (15)

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Thu, 11-04-2010 - 6:00pm

Bumping this up, I didn't see it the first time round.

The most interesting point of the ten to me is that powdered formula can not be sterile.

Thanks for posting!