If you formula feed or plan to, please read. Very important information that could impact your baby’s health.
Infant Formula Manufacturers Again Under Ethical Cloud
“Marketing Gimmick” Linked to Serious Infant Illnesses
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA: A report released today by The Cornucopia Institute presents research indicating that new additives placed in infant formula are seriously endangering the health of some formula-fed newborns and toddlers.
The report, Replacing Mother—Imitating Human Breast Milk in the Laboratory, details research questioning the alleged benefits of adding “novel” omega-3 fatty acids, produced in laboratories and extracted from algae and fungus, into infant formulas. The additives raised health and safety red flags during preapproval testing while aggressive marketing campaigns by some infant formula manufacturers appear to have encouraged new mothers to give up nursing for the questionable infant products.
Additionally, The Cornucopia Institute is urging parents of infants who have reacted negatively to formula with DHA and ARA to report these adverse reactions to the FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Reports can be submitted online by following this link: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/medwatch-online.htm.
I do not see this as a breast vs. bottle issue. This is truly a question of ethics. Toxic substances are being used in food made for babies and this is not acceptable!! Mothers who can’t breastfeed or choose not to should not have to fear that what they are feeding their baby is toxic. It is just so sad that these formula companies have everyone fooled. Yes, breastfeeding is the best and natural way to feed your baby, but no one should be “fooled” by such a gimick.
If your baby is having stomach issues and is taking a formula with these substances, switch to a formula that does not contain these substances and see if the condition improves.
UNICEF and the WHO recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months of life (no water, juice or other foods) and offer complementary foods thereafter until at least age 2. The American Academy of Pediatrics also agrees and supports breastfeeding for as long as mutually desired by the mother and child.