I am 18 currently having my first baby, I am 33 weeks along and very excited about it all =] but I don’t really like the fact of breast feeding. I have agreed to breast feed for the first 3 days so she can get the colostrum that helps with their immune system. I was brought up on formula from day dot and I don’t see anything really wrong with it, I know many people say its bonding with your child… But I also see its bonding for my partner with hes own child if I bottle feed as he is never home and works 3 jobs I just think its something special for him to experience when hes come home from a long day at work =] I know how a mother feels when shes breast feeding her own baby its wonderful but like my partner would feel the same… My mum agrees with me but hes parents don’t and that’s hard for me to accept but my boyfriend likes the idea of me bottle feeding so he can have time to bond with hes daughter and experience everything a woman does with their child… Sorry if that’s long, just wondering what you think about all of this =] thanks guys xo
I’ve seen that Target has a “Prebiotic Immune Support” baby formula. Does anyone know what this is all about? How would I know if my 7 month old needs this type as opposed to the regular “compare to Similac Advance” (blue can) version?
~Thanks for any tips!
Interesting article, K. My babe got breastmilk for the first 6 months, so he’s been healthy as anything (I’m a 32 year old former strictly formula-fed baby and have never been sick a day in my life…not even chicken pox) so either the formula I’ve been giving him or my family’s lucky genes are keeping everyone healthy! I may skip the prebiotic thing. It’s amazing what these formula companies come out with claiming it’s what you “NEED”!
Please help me with this question if you can. Please explain, thanks. Honestly to me they all sound true but I’m guessing it must be A. however i dont really know the differences and online isn’t helping much. hopefully someone here can be of help? these all sound true right? =/
How does the nutrient content of breast milk compare to that of infant formula?
a. Breast milk provides nutrients that support immune function that formula does not provide.
b. Breast milk is a better source of iron than is formula.
c. Breast milk is higher in folic acid.
d. Breast milk is a better source of vitamin D than is formula.
Baby Formula Differences
There aren’t really any convincing studies that prove that one formula is better than another, so you kind of have to go by what the formula companies say about their ‘recipes’ and see what works for you.
Among the major brands of formula:
Enfamil Lipil is one of the latest formulas from Mead Johnson, which ‘has been dedicated to patterning infant formula after the nutritional composition of breast milk.’ It provides a ‘whey-to-casein ratio of 60:40. Just like breast milk’ and they claim that ‘no other formula is closer to breast milk than Enfamil LIPIL.’
Nestle Good Start Supreme contains 100% whey, partially hydrolyzed ‘comfort proteins’ that are supposed to be easier to digest. It is also supposed to have a faster gastric emptying time, which may help children with reflux, and promote soft stools, which may help infants who are constipated. Instead of creating a formula that is like breastmilk in composition, they seem to be trying to make a formula that behaves like breastmilk.
Similac Advance is made without palm olein oil, which they claim helps their formula promote increased calcium absorption and greater bone mineralization. Similac Advance also contains ‘special breast milk nutrients called nucleotides’ that are supposed ‘to help support the development of a baby’s immune system,’ however, even their website says that ‘whether this development provides immune protection like breast milk has not been shown.’ And all formulas contain nucleotides.
Store Brand Formula, like from Albertsons (Baby Basics), Target (Healthy Baby), and Wal-mart (Parent’s Choice), are made by Wyeth Nutrition and are based on the old SMA formula. They provide a ‘nutritionally complete, sensibly priced formula option’ for parents.
My daughter is now 8 months old, and up until Dec. 27th she was fed Parents Choice Immune Support formula (milk based, prebiotics added) She did great with this until Christmas Eve, when she started getting HORRIBLE diahrreah. We decided to take her off the formula for a day and just give her baby food,oatmeal and pedialyte, which ended the diahrreah. So she was switched to a soy formula which helped but also made her spit up every time she ate. So, we were told to put her on a lactose free milk based formula. She doesnt get diahrreah, but she gets horrible gas pains and severe constipation. I dont think shes allergic to milk protein because she doesnt get rashes or have any trouble breathing or anything, but I really think she cannot digest milk properly. Has anyone elses baby been through this and what did you have to do? Her doctor told us to decide for ourselves which formula is better for her, so im just seeking advice. Thanks!
Also… is it true that soy formula messes up baby’s reproductive system or anything like that?