Why aren't there any studies (m)

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Why aren't there any studies (m)
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 10:22pm
from a third party group examining the differences in infant formula?

The question below about which formula is "best" got me thinking. I mean, each of the main brands claim that their formula is best because of various factors. I went to their websites and found that Carnation has the whole "comfort proteins" thing...Similac claims that their formula has a special blend of oils that contribute to a much higher calcium absorption....Enfamil doesn't say anything except that they were first to have DHA/ARA in their formula....Dr. Sears says that the generic brands are the same as the main brands, only cheaper.

So why haven't their been any 3rd party studies done on this issue??? Even though breastfeeding is on the rise, there are still A LOT of people that formula feed. Shouldn't there be ongoing studies on infant formula so that these babies are truly getting the best formulation of breastmilk substitute? It seems the only studies are funded by formula companies- and let's face it, the most important thing to them is money.

What do you all think???

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 8:11am
couldn't agree more! that's my biggest problem w/ the "ours is closest to bm" statements. where does this come from? is it fact? or hype? i've not been able to find ANY 3rd party overview.

and, even if your dr recommends a brand where does his/her info come from? the brands themselves? where are there clinical trials/studies similar to those for drugs? if someone could point me to these i'd be most grateful.

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 8:35am
Oh no. I just meant other than ebm/formula for supplementation when going out in public or other people's homes she was bf'd. She started solids sometime after the 6 to 8 month time frame and she didn't start getting whole milk for longer than any other baby I've known. My sister tried & tried to wean her by a year or a little after her first birthday to whole milk in a bottle....however, between pneumonia, bronchitits, strep throat, tonsillitis, flu and other colds my niece had she wanted to nurse over the bottle (for nutrition AND comfort nursing due to be such a sick little one). Her older brother had all of these things so it was a fun time, NOT!

I did formula w/my first child until well into the 14month....I'm planning on using formula longer this time. I also didn't start solids, and then very slowly, until around middle to late of the 6th month.

All of our kids (my sister and I) have VERY PICKY eaters!!!!! No vegetables (other than potatoes), my niece won't eat like red meats but my nephew will. My DS loves steak and that is his fav thing every wk going out to dine and he will eat *some* chicken but not like a pc of grilled chicken (neither will I or anything else cooked on a grill, blech).

All of our kids have allergies also.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 8:36am
I SWEAR I posted to this last night. I don't know what happened to it......ugh.

Anyway, the FDA regulates what goes in and what stays out of formula. I am pretty sure they have their own studies to go by as to what makes up a "complete" formula. They would have to wouldn't they?? ALL manufacturers are required to have the minimum of the FDA requirements, but I know none that stay with that. They ALL exceed the FDA requirements.



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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 11:47am
you did post it? i'm pretty sure i saw it...

but what i mean, is a review of say the "bells and whistles" that co's claim make it most like bm...not the minimum requirements.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 1:28pm
Is this what you are looking for?

Comparison of nutrition btwn Enfamil, Similac, Carnation, and Parent's Choice formulas-soy, regular, and "follow up" formulas. Remember, even if a formula contains more than the RDA for an infant or more than BM the elements might be more bioavailable in BM or the excess element may be excreted unmetabolized and unused. http://www.storebrandformulas.com/04s_parentschoice.html

Comparison cow, goat, human, and artificial milks based on nutrients. Also lists daily requirements for infants. http://www.saanendoah.com/compare.html

DHA and ARA supplementation of infant formula-effects and comparison to BM.