Formula Fed America.com
This is the Theatrical Trailer for Formula Fed America. It is a must see for any mom who is trying to decide between formula and her own breastmilk:
Never forget that FORMULA is a CHEMICAL. Formula has come under fire in recent years because of dangerous chemicals that have been found in them (please copy and paste the URLs):
BPA in Infant Formula: http://edition.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/12/04/bpa.formula/index.html
Rocket Fuel in Formula: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=7242880&page=1
Recent Formula Deaths: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/12/world/asia/12iht-13milk.16094054.html
Risks of Formula Feeding For
Infants and Children:
The effects of formula
feeding on infants and children continue to be studied, and several significant
risks have been identified.
Formula-fed babies have an
increased risk of:
– this applies in Western countries as well as developing countries. For
example, according to Lucas and Cole (1990), if all the preterm babies in
British neonatal units were fed breast milk rather than formula, 100
deaths a year from necrotising enterocolotis would be prevented.
deficiencies: e.g., fatty acids, essential for brain development, and
amino acids, essential for central nervous system development, as well as
calcium and iron, are not in the correct proportions and/or as easily
absorbed from formula as breastmilk.
from contaminated formula
media – inflammation of the middle ear
infant death syndrome
enterocolotis – an infection or inflammation that causes destruction of
the bowel or part of the bowel.
of Formula Feeding For the Mother:
If a mother feeds her baby
formula rather than breastfeeding, this has an effect on her health too. There
is an increased risk of:
cancer – the risk of breast cancer is decreased by 4 % for each year of
breastfeeding, according to D Hollander in Breast cancer Risk is Reduced By 4 % for Each Year of
Breastfeeding [International Family Planning Perspectives, Vol. 28,
cancer and endometrial cancer
natural child spacing, putting more pressure on the woman’s body and
causing general stress, particularly in developing countries where
resources are scarce
Ten Things You May Not Know About Baby
The use of baby formula
as the primary method of infant feeding has exploded in popularity over
the past few decades. Formula has become increasingly healthier in
recent years with the addition of chemicals like DHA and lutein, both of
which are naturally found in human milk. In spite of these
advancements, there is some information that the manufacturers aren't
advertising. Take a look at these ten little-known facts about infant
1. The linings of formula cans
contain bisphenol-A, or BPA, a plastics chemical which mimics the
female hormone estrogen. Exposure to BPA can potentially cause
reproductive problems and early puberty. Experts are concerned that the
chemical may leach into the formula and be ingested by infants, who are
far more vulnerable to adverse effects from contaminants than adults.
Liquid and ready-to-feed formulas are more susceptible to this leaching
than powdered formulas. The FDA reports that they are currently
accepting applications for alternative substances with which to line
formula cans; however, they do not recommend changing a child's feeding
habits based solely on this concern.
2. Feeding an infant formula can
increase the child's risk of developing food allergies and inflammatory
bowel disease, a disease which encompasses the chronic conditions
ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, according to new research
performed by nutritionist Sharon Donovan at the University of Illinois.
The study also shows an increased risk for asthma in formula-fed
infants. These conditions result from the formula's inability to
activate the appropriate immune system genes within the digestive tract.
Without the activation of these genes, a child's digestive system is
left vulnerable to a lifetime of adverse effects.
3. It is impossible to produce
sterile powdered infant formula. According to the World Health
Organization, current technology does not allow for powdered formula to
be manufactured in such a way that it is sterile, even when it is
produced within current hygienic guidelines.
4. Baby formula may be
contaminated with the harmful bacteria enterobacter sakazakii and
salmonella enterica. Since powdered formula cannot be manufactured
to be sterile, these bacteria can be present and cause severe illness in
children. The WHO reports that, although these organisms cannot thrive
in dry formula, they can survive in it for up to and possibly exceeding
one year. Once the formula is mixed, it provides an ideal habitat for
the growth of these illness-causing bacteria. In rare cases, infection
with these pathogens can even cause a child's death.
5. Formula feeding increases a
child's risk of childhood obesity and of developing diabetes. A
White House study, released by first lady Michelle Obama in May 2010,
explains that babies who are formula-fed are 22 percent more likely to
be obese. Formula derived from cow's milk contains about twice as much
protein as human milk. This excess protein results in excess insulin
production and prolonged insulin response. Even well into childhood,
children who were formula-fed as infants show low levels of the hormon
leptin, which is known to "inhibit appetite and control body fatness."
6. Soy-based formulas contain
plant estrogens which can cause a variety of reproductive issues.
formulas are an alternative for children with cow's milk allergies and
for vegan families. While studies have shown that obesity and diabetes
risks are lower for children who consume soy-based formulas, they are
not without their own set of dangers. A study published by The Society
for the Study of Reproduction in March 2010 found that newborn mice who
were fed a formula containing the soy plant estrogen genistein once
daily developed various reproductive problems, as well as abnormalities
of the thymus gland. The study mimicked the level of genistein that
would be found in a human infant who was regularly fed soy formula
It raises serious questions about the safety and long-term effects of
soy-based formulas in infants.
7. The FDA does not test infant
formulas prior to their marketing and sale. While the FDA inspects
manufacturing facilities and performs quality tests on formulas once a
year, they do not test infant formula to ensure that it meets
nutritional and quality requirements before it is allowed to be sold.
Instead, the FDA relies solely on the manufacturers' own reports that
their products meet federal standards.
8. Infant formulas often contain
perchlorate, the base chemical in solid rocket fuels. In March 2009,
the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a study which found
perchlorate in 15 brands of infant formula. The EPA insists that the
levels of the chemical found in formula pose no threat to infants.
However, according to the CDC, the drinking water in 26 states contains
high levels of perchlorate. If tap water and powdered baby formula, both
containing the hazardous chemical, are mixed together, the levels may
be high enough to cause serious harm to infants.
9. FDA testing has revealed that
some baby formulas also contain the chemicals melamine and cyanuric
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
has stated that these chemicals "can cause renal failure by production
of insoluble melamine cyanurate crystals in renal tubules and/or calculi
in kidneys, ureter, urethra or the urinary bladder." In other words,
when these chemicals are present in baby formula, they can cause kidneys
stones, kidney and urinary blockages and infections, and kidney
failure. In extreme cases, complications of these conditions may result
in the deaths of infants. The FDA performs tests for melamine and
cyanuric acid in baby formulas
which can be viewed on their website
10. Many brands of formula
contain ingredients which are generally acknowledged to contain or
produce monosodium glutamate, or MSG. The organization Truth in
Labeling provides information from a Canadian study which found MSG, a
dangerous neurotoxin, in at least five brands of baby formula. Although
testing was performed only on Canadian products, all five companies
manufacture and sell products in the United States as well. The
organization also names ingredients from four different types of U.S.
baby formula which are known to contain MSG or to produce it during
processing. These ingredients include enzymatically hydrolyzed reduced
minerals, casein hydrolysate, carrageenan, and maltodextrin.
Unfortunately, the companies that manufacture infant
formula do not always tell the entire story. Strict guidelines are put
in place to help ensure the safety of formula-fed infants, but
unfortunately some problems have still arisen with these infant
products. It is imperative that parents have all the information
possible and that our society continues to demand higher and higher
standards in the production of products for our children and babies.