Thursday, September 18, 2014

What's So Bad About Formula?

When a baby is born, its digestive tract is sterile.  The first food the baby receives should be colostrum, a rich thick substance secreted from the mother's breast.  Colostrum coats the lining of the digestive tract to protect the sensitive mucous

membranes from foreign substances.  It also introduces healthy, beneficial bacteria into the intestinal environment, and antibodies which help fight germs and infections.  Colostrum also contains concentrated nutrients which the infant needs after labor.  Until the infant has received colostrum, no other substance should be introduced into the baby's digestive system.  The combination of these concentrated nutrients, healthy bacteria, and immune factors give the baby the healthiest possible start in life.  Formula contains none of these factors.  In fact, giving formula before colostrum has been ingested can cause serious digestive problems in the infant, some of which may not be diagnosed until much later in life.

The infant's digestive tract is designed to best metabolize a sugar called lactose.  Human breast milk has approximately twice the amount of lactose of cows milk.  There is also a specific kind of lactose best metabolized by infants.  Human breast milk contains a form of lactose known as beta-lactose, while cows' milk contains alpha-lactose.  Beta-lactose favors the development of healthy bacteria in the intestines while alpha-lactose favors the formation of unhealthy pathogenic bacteria.  In short, formula causes the formation of all kinds of unhealthy conditions which weaken the infant's immune system, and impair his ability to digest food and absorb vitamins and minerals.  Bottle-fed infants have lower levels of desirable bifidus bacteria, higher levels of pathogenic microorganisms (including yeast and putrefactive bacteria) and have a higher (alkaline) pH.  All this causes their stools to have a more foul odor.  The stools of breastfed babies rarely have any odor, or if they do, it is mild in comparison with that of bottle-fed babies.

Do you want to predispose your child to lifelong health problems?  Breastfeeding has been proven to reduce the number of times a child must visit the doctor.

In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition says that "the early introduction of solid foods into the infant diet is the result of empiricism and competition, not of sound nutritional principles.  It is attended by certain dangers, which are not compensated for by any discernible advantages."
In other words, breastfeed your baby.  Don't give formula; and it is recommended that solids not be introduced until the child is at least nine months of age and has at least one tooth.  When solids are introduced, fruit should be the first thing given rather than cereal.  Cereal is usually highly allergenic.

What if I can't breastfeed?

Less than 1% of women have a physical problem which would keep them from breastfeeding.  Don't accept anyone's opinion that you are not able to breastfeed.  Usually it is just a matter of increasing milk supply, which is easily done.

If for some reason you truly cannot breastfeed, the following "homemade" formula can be given to your baby in place of commercial cows' milk formulas.  This formula has been approved by an infant nutritionist:

1 1/3 cups purified water
1/2 uncooked brown rice
3 tablespoons raisins
simmer 45 minutes
Place cooked rice and raisin mixture
in blender with 1 cup water and blend.
Slowly add...
2 tbsp. almonds (freshly ground)
2 tbsp. raw grated beets (1 small)
2 tbsp. grated carrots (1 small)
1 tbsp. sunflower or pumpkin seed (freshly ground)
1/2 cup kiwi fruit, chopped or pureed
1 tbsp. sesame seeds (freshly ground)
1 tbsp. flax oil
Let this mixture cool until it is under 96 degrees.
Stevia to taste
2 2/3 cups water
Blend again until smooth.

This formula is nutrient rich, a multi-vitamin supplement will probably not be necessary.  If this formula doesn't agree with your child, try leaving out one ingredient at a time to find out which one is causing the problem.  If you have to leave out too many ingredients, a liquid multi-vitamin supplement can be added to make up the difference in nutrients.

Or, a good substitute is raw, unpasteurized goats milk, which is a better match to human breastmilk than cow's milk.  If pasteurized goats milk is all that is available, add a vitamin-mineral supplement and live enzymes.

Or, get some surrogate breast milk from your local breast milk bank. 

National Milk Bank
Breast Milk Classified's 
Find a Milk Bank Near You

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