Infant Formula

2 Aug

New moms, expecting moms and veteran moms with babies–this post is for you. Please be sure to avoid GMOs for your young babies health!

Returning to work was not something that I was looking forward to since I would like to breastfeed my baby as long as possible.  This due to all of the health benefits that breastfeeding has to offer.  While I am able to pump, it has become quite clear that I might need to supplement Cali’s diet with some type of formula.

We also will need to make sure that we avoid GMOs since infants are very sensitive–check out some of the studies below!

As someone who is aware of milk and rGBH/ rBST issues (more later on that stuff), I knew that I needed to do some research.  While first I thought I would go with a soy formula, I realized that something milk based would be a better option (and most likely easier to avoid GMOs since most of the soy produced contains GMOs).

While doing some research I found some very shocking and disturbing news about what’s going on in China:

Baby girls in China are growing breasts from hormones found in formula! In fact, their hormone levels were found to be higher than adult women!

Also, a Chinese firm is able to produce cows that create human breastmilk!!

Running across these articles made me curious as to what infant formulas were safe and natural–rGBH/ rBST free and GMO free.  I’m not taking any chances, so I it will definitely be an organic formula (and I will pump my heart out!)

Here’s what I’ve found so far:

It is the safest to buy organic formula:

Try to avoid these brands as they could contain GMO milk (rGBH/ rBST):

  • Nestle Brand, including: Carnation Baby Formula, AlSoy, Good Start, Follow-Up, Follow-Up Soy
  • Enfamil
  • Isomil
  • Similac (unless is labeled organic)

2 Responses to “Infant Formula”

  1. Nimira Alibhoy August 6, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    After reading your post I’m so glad you’ve taken the time to research all the information you can regarding formula feeding. Since I have no background on personal circumstances, I offer the following as supplemental information with no judgement.

    Many of my friends and family had babies around the time shortly before and after I gave birth to Karina. I’ve been very blessed that I’ve been able to take a year to “hang out” with her while I’ve been setting up my practice before really having to start working full time. I watched so many of my friends say they “ran out of milk,” which was really concerning, as everything I’d ever learned about milk supply was in favor of the law of supply and demand. After questioning, I learned that most started pumping very early after delivery and had switched to primarily pumped bottle-feeding due to convenience.

    Unfortunately even though pumps are very efficient at getting as much milk as possible, our babies are always most effective at getting the most amount of milk in order to increase the demand and therefore the supply. My recommendation to all moms who worry about milk supply comes from attending La Leche League meetings from 2nd trimester onward, and reading Ina May Gaskin’s Guides to Childbirth and Breastfeeding. Pumping is a great way to get breastmilk to your baby when you’re not around, but any time your baby is with you, your baby should be allowed to nurse at your breast. This allows the baby to increase the demand at times such as night after work hours, or over the weekend. If you ever feel like your baby isn’t getting enough milk, or that you can’t seem to pump enough, first try taking a “Baby Day,” Spend the day in bed with your baby and allow him/her to nurse as often as he/she would like. The increase in demand over the course of the day will increase the supply to the baby.

    Another thing that concerns me was the amount of formula and even breastmilk that I have seen very young babies drinking. Moms get concerned with the amount their babies are drinking and forget their their baby’s stomach is only the size of their own fist! We assume that because our babies nurse for only 10-15 minutes or 45-50 minutes they might be intaking small or large quantities of milk when really some are more efficient than others at breastfeeding. I learned after a bit of searching the internet that you can take your baby’s weight in pounds and multiply it by two and a half to three times. Then, divide this number by the total number of feedings per day to arrive at the approximate feeding amount, in ounces, for each feeding.

    Lastly, if mother really feels like she isn’t producing enough milk for her child there are a few options before going straight to formula as a supplement. The La Leche League really is a great resource for moms, and many mothers have never even heard of them! They have group meetings monthly and you can find a local meeting at http://www.lalecheleague.com. Also, if you’d like to try a more natural supplement to formula you can try meeting natural moms who’ve networked to find other supplements. The Weston A Price Foundation also has a link for making home-made formula: http://www.westonaprice.org/faq-frequently-asked-questions/faq-homemade-baby-formula
    I hope some of the information I’ve supplied is useful. I know it can become overwhelming with so many options and not enough time to sift through everything. Being a mom is time consuming as it is!

    • Nicole August 7, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Nimira! I totally agree with you about the importance of breastfeeding. I strongly believe that what nature intended is best for the baby. If it was possible, I would stay home for a whole year as well. I have found that the “supply and demand” really is true–the more you nurse, the more milk your produce. When I started pumping before I went back to work (stockpiling so I had a surplus to begin with), I found that I began producing more since I was feeding AND pumping. I also hear alot that new mothers “run out of milk” and love your idea of a “baby day.”

      Week one of work is down, and Cali will finally take the bottle. She was actually refusing for a few days until we tried a new bottle top. Now I just have to keep my milk supply up so she won’t need formula. I hope she doesn’t need formula, but if she does, it is organic formula for sure!

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