Another Reason Breast is Best!

Chelsea - posted on 10/31/2009 ( 126 moms have responded )

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Infant Formula Contains:

MSG
Free aspartic acid
BPA
Fluorosis
DHA/ARA
Hexane
Mercury
Melamine
Cyanuric acid
Formaldehyde
Antinutrients/soy
Bacteria
Patent info on DHA and its extraction
Martek (IF corporation)
International Infant morality rates charts and formula

Here are some reference links to get you going and keep you informed

*MSG in formula
How many parents realize that MSG lurks in every bottle of formula given to their infants?
Patients have stronger reactions to MSG than arsenic or mercury.
In children, however, the destruction of healthy brain tissue is not the only problem associated with glutamate. A child's brain is growing, and it is suspected that excess glutamate causes connections to be made inappropriately. Certain sensors on the neurons, called growth cones, allow the neurons to detect and grow along chemical trails in the brain, ultimately constructing the necessary pathways.
http://www.curezone.com/foods/msg.asp
A child experiencing "innumerable seizures" at 6 months of age showed dramatic improvements after removal of MSG from the child’s diet. Brain Damage in Primates Evident 5 Hours after MSG Ingestion
http://www.chem-tox.com/pregnancy/pregms...
http://www.truthinlabeling.org/formulaco...
http://www.westonaprice.org/children/msg...
http://www.ezhealthydiet.com/msg-side-ef...
http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/m...

Some other names for MSG
The following substances contain the highest percentage of factory created free glutamate, with MSG containing 78%:
*msg myths.com/hidename.htm*
MSG Gelatin Calcium Caseinate
Monosodium glutamate Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) Textured Protein
Monopotassium glutamate Hydrolyzed Plant Protein (HPP) Yeast Extract
Glutamate Autolyzed Plant Protein Yeast food or nutrient
Glutamic Acid Sodium Caseinate Autolyzed Yeast
Vegetable Protein Extract Senomyx (wheat extract labeled as artificial flavor)
The following substances contain some factory created free glutamate in varying amounts. Please note that some food labels list several of these items, which can add up to a considerable and dangerous amount in one product:

Malted Barley (flavor) Natural Flavors, Flavors, Flavoring Modified food starch
Barley malt Reaction Flavors Rice syrup or brown rice syrup
Malt Extract or Flavoring Natural Chicken, Beef, or Pork, Flavoring "Seasonings" (Most assume this means salt, pepper, or spices and herbs, which sometimes it is.) Lipolyzed butter fat
Maltodextrin, dextrose, dextrates Soy Sauce or Extract "Low" or "No Fat" items
Caramel Flavoring (coloring) Soy Protein Corn syrup and corn syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup
Stock Soy Protein Isolate or Concentrate Citric Acid (when processed from corn)
Broth Cornstarch fructose (made from corn) Milk Powder
Bouillon Flowing Agents Dry Milk Solids
Carrageenan Wheat, rice, corn, or oat protein Protein Fortified Milk
Whey Protein or Whey Anything enriched or vitamin enriched Annatto
Whey Protein Isolate or Concentrate Protein fortified "anything" Spice
Pectin Enzyme modified proteins Gums (guar and vegetable)
Protease Ultra-pasteurized dairy products Dough Conditioners
Protease enzymes Fermented proteins Yeast Nutrients
Lecithin Gluten and gluten flour Protein powders: whey, soy, oat, rice (as in protein bars shakes and body building drinks)
Amino acids (as in Bragg's liquid amino acids and chelated to vitamins) Algae, phytoplankton, sea vegetable, wheat/ barley grass powders

*Fluoride/Fluorosis
Infant Formula and the Risk for Enamel Fluorosis
http://www.cdc.gov/FLUORIDATION/safety/i...
What is Fluoride?
What are some effects of Fluoride on the body?
Why is fluoride in infant formula?

*BPA
The chemical is bisphenol A, or BPA, a component of the plastic epoxy resins used to line metal food cans. Dozens of laboratory studies show that BPA affects the developing brain and reproductive systems of animals exposed to low doses during pregnancy and early life.
1 of every 16 infants fed the formula would be exposed to the chemical at doses **exceeding** those that caused harm in laboratory studies.
http://www.ewg.org/reports/infantformula
Based on its analysis of existing research on BPA, even a very small amount of the compound may cause a host of problems, from brain and behavioral disorders to cancer, a claim the formula makers and federal regulators adamantly deny.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/12/04/bpa...
Bisphenol A (BPA), known as the 'gender bender' chemical, leaches into liquid baby formula from the linings of cans at levels dangerous to infant health
http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Indu...
BPA what is it?
What effects does BPA have on the human body?
Why do the formula companies use BPA?


*DHA
omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, produced in laboratories and extracted from algae and fungus, into infant formulas. The report presents disturbing research indicating that the new additives placed in infant formula are seriously endangering the health of some formula-fed newborns and toddlers. algal-and fungal-based DHA/ARA have been linked to serious side effects such as virulent diarrhoea and vomiting in infants consuming infant formula.
http://www.cornucopia.org/replacing-moth...
http://cornucopia.org/DHA/DHA_FullReport...
April 15, 2008–The Cornucopia Institute filed a legal complaint with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today, demanding that the agency enforce the organic regulations prohibiting toxic solvents from being used in the production of organic food.

http://www.circleoffood.com/blog/2008/04...
*DHA/ARA that has been extracted from laboratory-grown fermented algae and fungus and processed utilizing a toxic chemical, hexane. Here's a link to the full report: http://cornucopia.org/DHA/DHA_FullReport...

*Hexane
In some cases the oils are extracted from non-toxic algae and soil fungus using chemicals such as hexane, acid and bleach.
Hexane is a volatile liquid found in glue and gasoline. When inhaled in high volumes it can cause nausea, euphoria, headaches and nerve damage. You can read more about the hexane process and formula supplementation by downloading a report at the Cornucopia Institute.
http://www.organic-baby-resource.com/org...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexane

*Mercury
Mercury is simply one of the most toxic substances you can put into the human body, aside from radioactive substances. As human beings, we're the only species stupid enough to actually poison ourselves.
http://www.naturalnews.com/008511.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leslie-hat...

*Melamine
Humans and animals that consume toxic doses of melamine develop kidney stones. These hard crystals can block urinary flow and make urination painful. They can also cause kidney failure and death, pediatric kidney specialist Marc B. Lande, MD, MPH, of the University of Rochester, N.Y., tells WebMD.
http://children.webmd.com/news/20081126/...
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/11/2...
Hiding the truth about melamine formula The FDA exists for only one purpose: To protect the profits of powerful food and drug companies. Babies be damned.
http://www.naturalnews.com/News_000554_m...

*Cyanuric acid
This white, odorless solid finds use as a precursor or a component of bleaches, disinfectants, and herbicides.
When cyanuric acid is administered together with melamine (which by itself is another low-toxicity substance), they may form extremely insoluble crystals,[10] leading to formation of kidney stones and potentially causing kidney failure and death -- as evidenced in dogs and cats during the 2007 pet food contamination and in children during the 2008 Chinese milk scandal cases.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanuric_ac...
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles...

*Formaldehyde
It is lethal at very high doses by ingestion and considered a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer
Formaldehyde damages DNA, kills cells and causes cell proliferation
http://stats.org/stories/2009/baby_bath_...
Melamine resin is manufactured by mixing urea with formaldehyde under heat and pressure. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-melamine...
Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane in bath products for children. Many products tested for this study contained both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, including the top-selling Johnson's Baby Shampoo and Sesame Street Bubble Bath.
http://yubanet.com/life/Children-s-Bath-...

*Bacteria
Powdered infant formula is not sterile which means it may contain bacteria
Enterobacter sakazakii is a gram-negative, non-spore-forming, rod-shaped bacterium within the family Enterobacteriaceae. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on a fatal case of meningitis in an intensive care nursery in Tennessee. The infecting organism was Enterobacter sakazakii, an unusual but often fatal, invasive pathogen. In the fatal Tennessee case, the infection was traced to contaminated powdered infant formula
http://www.foodpoisonblog.com/2007/06/ar...
http://www.nzfsa.govt.nz/consumers/food-...

The recent expert meeting recommended that caregivers to infants, particularly those at high risk (see
Q 4.), should be regularly alerted to the fact that powdered infant formula is not a sterile product.
http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publicatio...
Charts on bacteria growth and temperatures (not sure if this is a play it safe one by formula company scientists)
http://www.fao.org/docrep/007/y5502e/y55...

*Soy formula
…soybeans act as potent enzyme inhibitors. These "antinutrients" block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors depress growth and cause enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas, including cancer. Soybeans also contain high levels of phytic acid or phytates. This is an organic acid, present in the outer portion of all seeds, which blocks the uptake of essential minerals-calcium, magnesium, iron and especially zinc-in the intestinal tract. A reduced rate of growth is especially serious in the infant as it causes a delay in the accumulation of lipids in the myelin, and hence jeopardizes the development of the brain and nervous system.
http://www.westonaprice.org/soy/infant.h...

*Patent info on DHA and its extraction *(assigned by Martek Bioscience corp)
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
it is an object of the present invention to provide a single-cell edible oil containing DHA. In general, it is an object of the present invention to produce single-cell oil in commercially viable yields (one that doesn’t smell offensive because of the source of the ingredients fish eyes etc). The oil, characterized herein as a "designer" oil, after extraction can be used in infant formulas, baby foods, dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals.
http://www.patentgenius.com/patent/53975...

*Martek and a look at their finances and ratings in early 2009
Product sales were up 7% versus last years first quarter.
The strength of our core infant formula business, growing consumer awareness of the health benefits of DHA
http://seekingalpha.com/article/124181-m...

*International Infant morality rates charts and formula
http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/artic...

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Nichola - posted on 11/13/2009

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Hi, I'm new to this site. My baby is 12 months old and is breastfed and will be for some time yet. As a scientist I am trained to think logically and look for facts and some of the suggestions are quite alarming. Mercury isn't added to formula - no manufacturer would do this as it puts lives at risk and is illegal. It may come from sources within nature / the ground as it may be present in your own food. It will be minute amounts. As for bacteria. This is not new and is a well known fact. Formula can't be sterile as you'd have to use a new pot each time. It is because of this that the directions tell you to use almost boiling water to make the formula - a temp of higher than 70 deg C. This then kills the bacteria.

I have only skim read the article but just wanted to interject some, dare I say it, common sense. Many of the things you have read above are in processed foods and many will be in foods you cook yourself as these are present in the environment.

I would never encourage formula over breastfeeding but some mothers can't breastfeed for many reasons. Some mothers die in childbirth. We shouldn't demonise the women who can't breastfeed - through medical / social / worklife reasons.

Sarah, don't get upset. Most people my age were formula fed and we all seem 'normal' and pretty healthy!!!

Kristina - posted on 11/28/2009

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Yes, breastmilk is best. However, there's no sense in posting alarmist articles with absolutely no patient-centered research behind them to make non-breastfeeding mothers, including adoptive moms, feel paranoid and guilty. Nearly all formula-fed babies do just fine and focusing on this sort of pseudo-science doesn't help the breastfeeding cause at all. Very tiny amounts of extremely toxic substances are in all sorts of things, including natural foods and even breastmilk itself. I agree that the marketing of formula to mothers who are able to breastfeed is very unfortunate, and I'm a huge proponent of breastfeeding in difficult situations. But it's important to acknowledge that we are actually very lucky to have such good baby formulas available today. There are many, many people who would have died in infancy without them.

Johnny - posted on 12/30/2009

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I feel that instead of taking this post as a judgment about mothers who use formula or an attempt to make women feel guilty, we should instead take it as a call to action. Not all mothers can breastfeed. And as has been mentioned before, access to donor milk is difficult or impossible. Why not, instead of feeling guilty about our own inabilities and anger at the push to breastfeed, don't we educate society on the need for more breastmilk donation and greater access for mothers to shared milk banks. Why don't we start advocating for the formula companies to be regulated more carefully so that we can be assured that the food our babies receive is nothing but the best. Heather, you are correct, many women can not breastfeed. I had breast surgeries and could not exclusively breast feed. But I do not see this post as harmful, but helpful. It reminds me that more needs to be done to ensure that our babies are getting the best nutrition possible for them. Please do not confuse activism for better infant nutrition with attacks on your parenting. It could not be farther from the truth.

Johnny - posted on 12/02/2009

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I've had 3 breast surgeries and did not produce a sufficient supply to nurse my daughter exclusively. I took domperidone, all the herbal supplements, pumped and nursed every 2 hours. But the surgeries damaged my ducts and it took a long time for my supply to build. I was able to access donor milk until my daughter regained her birth weight, but then we were cut off because it is reserved for "high risk" infants. I searched for a donor(s) but no luck where I live. I supplemented her with formula until she was 5 months, when I was able to use solids to supplement instead, and my milk supply had grown. I am still breastfeeding her at 16 months, although I have very little milk now. And I hope to let her self-wean.

Formula was a necessity for me. But I appreciate all the information about its problems and research that has been put into discovering its dangers. If I had not been informed about the realities of formula, I might have thought it was okay just to give up and bottlefeed exclusively. I might have believed the people who told me that formula was just as good as breast milk. I would not have been able to give my daughter the best start that I possibly could because I would not have known any better. I prefer to be educated about risks rather than ignore them. I had to use formula, I have no regrets about it.

Formula has flaws. It causes immediate illnesses in some babies and long-term health problems for others. It is not the natural, normal way to feed a baby. Human breast milk was evolved specifically to feed human babies. It is a perfect food for them (although it does also contain environmental contaminants). Using anything else is second best. I do not understand why we have to deny this fact because some people are unable to breastfeed. For those of us that have breastfeeding problems, telling the truth about formula is not an attack against us. We should all support this sort of education so that as many babies as possible get the best food made for babies. I strongly feel that formula should be reserved for those that absolutely need it. It is not poison, but for those with the option to breastfeed, it certainly is not the best choice.

Camilla - posted on 01/11/2010

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Quoting Kristina:

Yes, breastmilk is best. However, there's no sense in posting alarmist articles with absolutely no patient-centered research behind them to make non-breastfeeding mothers, including adoptive moms, feel paranoid and guilty.


To all the adoptive moms the great news is that you can breastfeed your baby too.  If you know that you are going to adopt, give yourself a few months, get into contact with LLLI (Le Leche League International they will help you to stimulate your breasts to produce milk for when the baby arrives.



http://store.llli.org/public/product/137



http://www.llli.org/FAQ/adopt.html

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Kristi - posted on 06/18/2010

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I really think mom's should just own to what they give their babies. So ya you can't breastfeed, ok... fine you either made that decision on your own or through some misfortunate misgiving you are unable to. The latter is out of your control so why feel bad?! I stopped with my oldest at 4 months and still going with my 9 month old. I don't feel guilty for giving up with my oldest. I can give you the terrible sob story but that would imply guilt.
You have to feed your baby so own what you decide to do IF it's in your control.

Angie - posted on 06/07/2010

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I agree with Jamie, I'm so glad my mom was able to breastfeed me. Honestly, I have never broken a bone, never had a ear infection, have never been to the emergency room. Though its not confirmed fact, I'd like to credit breastfeeding!

Heidi - posted on 06/02/2010

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Yes, I read the ingredients on the can of formula and was like--No WAY do I want to give this to my baby! If I can't pronounce, I don't feel good about it.

Sarah - posted on 06/02/2010

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I am a mother who has had four children two grown up (19 and 17),
6 yrs and 8months. I was told by the health visitor with babe 1, to stop breast feeding, because baby not getting enough and was ordered to use bottled milk! when she was only 2weeks old (ok it was 1990), baby 2, i breastfed for 3months as had to work! baby 3, I breast fed for 2.5yrs with the rare bottle. baby 4, i'm just giving up feeding now at 8mnths. She was born prematurely and i was told that i would only be allowed home if i supplemented my milk at every feed with a top up bottle because she found it hard to put weight on. I find it VERY irritating when people say breast is the only way. From my experience, it upset me when i couldn't exclusively breastfeed baby 1 and baby 3. but there was no other medical solution to my inability to produce milk. i wasn't lactating even when the babies cried. I tried pumping regularly to increase supply, Fenugreek (which i am allergic to), and it is very hard to try all these methods when you have other children and school runs to contend with. Funny how the only one of my children who has severe excema and asthma is the one i exclusively breastfed for 2.5 yrs lol. I am just giving up breast feeding no.4 at 8months, because she has no interest in suckling anymore. I do however believe that if you can breastfeed exclusively, you should follow the world health organisations advice and continue to breastfeed for 2 years if possible (as well as weaning), but don't lecture those who can't!

Cheyne - posted on 05/13/2010

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Wow, the whole breastfeeding/formula feeding is such a heated debate! I think breastfeeding is the best way to go, however it can also be extremely hard! My son would not latch on properly for ages and then I got mastitis twice. It was a very hard and stressful time, but I'm so glad I kept it up. My son is now 10 months old and I don't see any point in stopping yet.



However, some Mother's simply cannot breast-feed and have to use formula. These are women who should be supported not made to feel bad about something that is necessary for them and the survival of their babies.



I do know that a lot of women give up breast-feeding (or don't even start) just because they choose not too and I don't agree at all- but hey, what can you do??! They are doing what they are feeling is right for themselves and their babies.



Also, I've never heard about the Milk Bank at all/ever (is that what it's called?),I'm not sure whether we have one in New Zealand, so for a lot of Mums' it's breast or formula..

Mandy - posted on 05/10/2010

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wow!!! they should read this to all mothers before letting them leave the hospital with their babies. this is what happens when man kind tries to replace something that is made by our Creator.

Katie - posted on 05/04/2010

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and another thing, Breast is Normal. and formula is below par!!

I read an article in my local australian breastfeeding association newsletter that said the slogan "breast is best" could give the mixed message that formala is ok as it has been normalised by usage for 2-3 generations, making breastfeeding as superior, and the risks of using formula have been underplayed.

when the message we want to portray is that Breast is Biologically Normal and formula is man-made and can never be as good!

Do we feed orphaned calves man-made formula from human milk!?
No!

I love the idea of milk banks to help those mum's who cant breastfeed and still want to.

Katie - posted on 05/04/2010

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why the F is there mercury in baby formula??

I am so glad I can successfully breastfeed.

the word successfully is used half loosely, as it's always constantly changing, it's never perfect, and sometimes a bit of a struggle. But I expect that it's a fairly normal experience.

I was able to get out of going on a work site to a landfill with timber shavings from treated timber (with arsenic) as I was pregnant due to the risk to my unborn baby's development!

I feel sorry for some ladies in my town who have opted to use formula because their baby was spitting up the breastmilk.
I think the inconveniece of a pukey baby is still better than given them formula!
But that's coming from a lucky mum whose baby only pukes every other week.

Ana - posted on 03/11/2010

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That is why I stay nursing my baby. It's the best minerals and vitamins that I give her and that is another way we bond. So I too encourage mothers to feed their babies brreast feed milk than of formula

Michelle - posted on 03/11/2010

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This post is very informative. Thank you for posting this information. About to hit my second year of breastfeeding! I would never willingly feed my child formula.

Felicia - posted on 03/10/2010

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Just wanted to let you know, that your skin absorbs just as well as your stomach so just because you don't feed your baby bath soap does not mean that they are safe from the stuff in the soaps. (how do you think birth control patches and smoking patches work, absorbed through skin)

Felicia - posted on 03/10/2010

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I am not sure what about it upsets you, but if it is the ingredients, you could see if there is a trusted person you know to donate bm to you, or if you have the money, you could get it from a milk bank. I donated to a friend from church with my first child, and this time I am nursing my 2 month old and 2 year old but would be more than willing to donate a supplemental amount.

Meghan - posted on 03/07/2010

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Geez! Well, I wouldn't have it any other way. My baby is so sweet when he looks up at me... oh, and I don't pay a dime!

Jena - posted on 03/02/2010

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umm wow! I knew breast was best, but didn't realize how awful formula was!! I've been having trouble with breastfeeding (possible foremilk/hindmilk imbalance) and feel terrible for my upset peanut.... turning to formula has just recently crossed my mind... but not anymore!!! Thank you!

Anneke - posted on 02/26/2010

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A preference tiff? your not choosing between pepsi and coke! it should be whats best for baby not what suits your life style. no one is putting anyone down its just stating facts again that formula feeders get offended by when its not meant to its spreading factual information.

Monica - posted on 02/25/2010

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The sad thing is that people think formula is equal to breastmilk. When my son was 10mths old I went back to work two days a week and I was expressing at work. One co-worker actually asked why I bothered because 'formula is scientifically designed to mimic breastmilk so well these days' I was gobsmacked!

Anneke - posted on 02/24/2010

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still gets me how ignorant some are, breast is best and no matter how its proved some say its all crap. Thats sad as the baby shows it. I am so glad I breastfed my baby, he is fit and healthy and has never been sick. I do put that down to breastfeeding. He will continue to get it to , formula is not good enough its not even a good substitute.
http://www.theecologist.org/trial_invest...
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/eb...

Nichola - posted on 02/23/2010

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I agree Tiffany, the 'evidence' in this post is largely untrue and is certainly scare mongering / irresponsible. The parts that were true are either 'natural' or a shameful error that has now been corrected.
To all those in a panic - STOP!!! Take a deep breath, calm down and take heart that formula is not an evil poison but is the best alternative to breast milk. In the UK there is no such thing as a 'milk bank' so we only have 2 choices: formula or the baby's own mother's milk - with that in mind I would challenge anyone to stand in the middle of my baby's nursery and point out the babies who are breast fed - I know for sure that I can't spot the difference! My baby is still being breastfed after 15.5 months but his nose is running just as much as the next baby's, his nappy (being on home cooked solids) is just as smelly as the next baby's and.... He looks just as healthy as the next baby, no more, no less.
However... When he grows up, gets a First from Oxford at the age of 15 and has a Nobel Prize for science at 21... I shall promptly come on this site and boast about my brainy, breast fed baby and put it all down to my wonder boobs!!! lol ;-)

Jennifer - posted on 02/19/2010

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wow!!!! i had now idea.. now i heard a few months ago that our children are being poisoned in there food but i had no idea it was real......i wouldnt dare put that on a plate so im glad i started breastfeeding....this is a gift and i will not trade it for powder milk..no matter how draining it is....thanks for this info...im gonna spread the word

Tiffany - posted on 02/17/2010

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Breastfeeding is best, but for all of you putting down mothers who formula feed...shame on you. It doesn't matter what the reason is for a mother not breastfeeding, it's disgusting that some of you are passing judgment. I breastfed my daughter for 3 months and she wasn't getting enough so I had to supplement with formula. Once doing so, she started pushing the breast away and preferred the bottle. I did not produce enough milk for her, though I did go as long as I could. Do I wish I could have gone longer? Yes. As for what's added to formula...half the stuff the original poster said was in formula is wrong. Just because you feel it's best for a child to breastfeed, doesn't give you the right to try to scare other moms who don't or can't breastfeed. You have some moms on here who are giving their child formula, who are now scared and are going to stop. Do you not understand that if a woman can not give her child enough breast milk, that they need to supplement? Shame on you for posting something like this without doing your full research. There are some people who will just take your word, instead of listening to actual doctors. I'm disgusted that you would post this without thinking it through.

Leona - posted on 02/17/2010

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I feel teribble about this as I am currently feeding my son both breast and formula.... had i known this I would never of let my health visitor talk me into giving a formula to top up my son's feed, he was born very small 5lb 15 oz/ 2.715 kg and I had breastfeed exclusively for the first 4 months... I had planned to breastfeed exclsively for at least 6 months but when my sons weight did not go on fast enough i was advised to top up with formula.... I felt as if i had failed and have been topping up my son with formula for the past 2 months now. I will now stop after reading this as i am really shocked and had not known anything about this.

Laura - posted on 02/16/2010

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Not to mention that breastfeed diapers are so must better smelling than formula!

Janelle - posted on 02/16/2010

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Hi there, I was very intrigued by your post. Particularly the DHA info. So I did some digging myself and found a few tidbits I thought I would share. First though, I al totaly on the side of breast is best!!!! but for those who can't then to be informed about formula is a very good idea .. maybe choose an organic brand!

"The most common dietary sources of DHA are fatty fish and organ meats, said Ruben Abril, Ph.D., director, Ingredient Formulation and Technical Support, Martek, during an Applications Lab at the 2007 Prepared Foods' R&D Applications Seminar-CHICAGO. Martek has gone directly to the source and develops its DHA from microalgae (which is what fish eat to get their DHA). The company has branded the DHA ingredient, life'sDHA[TM]. This is a patented, vegetable-based source of DHA that will not compromise a finished product's taste, texture or aroma, life'sDHA has been added to foods and beverages, perinatal products and infant formulas around the world. Currently, there are 24 infant formula licensees with products in over 70 countries." http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3...

And there is a good Dr. Sears article on the benefits of DHA.http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/t040900...

Hope that helps some people who have to use formula!

Maxine - posted on 02/13/2010

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Excellent post, and one thatis far more instructive than the article i read in the newspaper the other day that quoted that some university had found that there was no differnce between children who were breastfed and who were formula fed... thats just irresponsible reporting!

Ora - posted on 02/07/2010

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I have looked into providing for the Milk Banks and they do a thorough screening and testing of the milk- I think that they are a great option for those that can't nurse or adopt. We do make milk specific to our babes though so milk from someone else may not have everything that that particular baby needs...

Silma - posted on 02/05/2010

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thx god im still breast feeding my 17 months baby girl..and I enjoy it..thx for the info..

Ashley - posted on 02/03/2010

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Wow, thank you for posting this - it was very informative!! I'm currently pregnant with our first, but I've planned from before I was pregnant to EBF. Still, it makes me wonder just how few parents realize that these harmful chemicals are lurking in their children's first food - what a way to start their little lives!! Scary!

Dana - posted on 02/01/2010

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I appreciate this information and I totally agree with breast-feeding. However I also understand that it is not an option for everyone. My daughter would not latch on. It was so important to me that she have breastmilk that I pumped exclusively for 7 1/2 half months. My daughter had nothing but breastmilk fo 8 months. But I had to stop because the pump bruised me so badly internally that I was pumping clots of blood. Reading things like this makes it seem like mother's who have not had to endure such abuse of their mammary glands are judgemental of people who stop breastfeeding because of complications.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/30/2010

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That melamine incident was in China.. last year, or year before. It caused a lot of headlines in NZ, because there was a connection with our largest dairy company. I believe the factory owners/managers were adding the melamine to the formula to up the protein content when it was lab-tested. i.e. they padded the formula with melamine so that they could put less formula in each container to save money. utterly despicable. i know that there was also a big worry at the time about a lot of candy etc from China that was imported into NZ. so less to do with formula, and more to do with a few very unethical, business men and women.

Nichola - posted on 01/29/2010

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Hi again, just a quick one to back up my previous post in not taking these allegations too seriously - the melamine dates back to an incident in China / Japan (delete as necessary - can't for the life of me remember which it was) where a manufacturer DID add melamine to it's formula. This resulted in a number of babies dying. It was uttery disgraceful and the factory was closed down I believe. It was not a company that supplies the West. It was an illegal and irresponsible move by this company and extremely upsetting and tragic. The controls in the West with regards to food manufacturing are very strict and I would have every faith that something like this wouldn't happen here. It shouldn't have happened over there either but... In less developed countries they tend to bend / break rules to make profit.

So yes, melamine WAS added to an infant formula, but it hasn't been added before and not since either. I pray that remains the case.

Stay calm ladies, breast is best but formula is the best alternative!

Katie - posted on 01/29/2010

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I'm glad I've been breastfeeding my little guy since birth! Thanks for the info!

Becky - posted on 01/25/2010

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I'm sure we would all like to believe that formula companies have our babies' best interests at heart, but the truth is, it's all about the bottom line. I'm sure, like many other companies, they are willing to cut corners and go with the cheapest option, even if it is not the safest. Case in point - the melamine tainted formula scandel last year. Babies got seriously ill and DIED from this! I don't know if any babies in North America became ill, I can't remember, but there were some formula recalls here because even though the formulas were made in North America, they contained milk products made in China, which is where the issue was. You'll never see Melamine listed as an ingredient on the lable, but this case made it obvious that it's in there!
I breastfed my oldest son until he was 14 months old. He never had a drop of formula, and that whole melamine thing made me all the more determined that my kids never would. I am now ebfing my 4 month old and unless it becomes absolutely medically impossible for me to bf for some reason, he won't have formula either.

Hannah - posted on 01/25/2010

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My three, almost four year old, breastfed till she was over two years. I'm pregnant with my second and he will be breastfed as well. My mother, mother-in-law, sister and most of my friends all breastfed their babies. Totally understandable if a medical condition stops you from breastfeeding.....if not, please try your hardest! For the sake of your baby:) I do have to say it takes away the baby weight also! Great for mother and baby!

Tess - posted on 01/24/2010

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wow, this is amazing....
I can see you spend alot of time on this. If you don't mind me asking, did you compile this yourself? If not where did you get the information? I am a breastfeeding mother and would like to include a breast feeding section on my webpage www.fullcreamyoga.co.za (it hasn't been done yet) and I would perhaps like to insert your posting if you don't mind?

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