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  •  Yup, isn't that why they invented cows, to (1+ / 0-)
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    feed our kids?

    In any event, even if you don't consider your kid to be a full nutritioned by a cow, infant formula IS getting considerably better than in the old days . .. .

    •  Formula (6+ / 0-)

      Lacks a lot. Breast milk arms a babe with immunities and enzymes and natural defenses.

      Formula also has fillers and fats and sugars in it.

      At one point I was getting formula that seemed pretty good, my babes liked it, it was affordable. Imported from Denmark.

      Then the packaging changed slightly, and when I opened a new can, the smell knocked me over. Putrid chemical smell.

      I looked at the back of the can and in tiny letters: Made in the USA.

      The ingredient list was now loaded with sugars and fats.
      I chucked it.
      So no. Formula is not considerably better than the good old days.
      Its a business.

      Breast feeding is best. Always. My point is that there is only so much one can do, and sometimes you have to let things go.
      Human milk and cows milk are not similar.

      Fuddle Duddle--- Pierre Trudeau.... Canadian politics at......A Creative Revolution

      by pale cold on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:55:29 AM PST

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      •  You can buy formula of varying qualities (4+ / 0-)

        and I agree that it's not perfect yet - for example the myriad milk oligosaccharides (is that what you're referring to as "sugars"?) that have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects have yet to be implemented in any meaningful way.

        OTOH, the "fats" like ARA and DHA that are now added (and by "now" I mean the past 10 to 15 years)  are critical for brain development and represent a big advance over when they were lacking.

        They're a good thing, seriously they are - if you at all "believe" in modern nutritional science . . ..

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