Choice of Infant Formula as Influenced by Compatibility and Financial Capacity

For optimum baby’s health, breastfeeding is recommended and done as much as possible. When mother’s milk is not enough or when she became unable to breastfeed, the choice of suitable infant formula comes into play.

When my baby boy was born. The hospital recommended Enfalac brand. It was one of the expensive baby milks at that time. A wallet breaking expense but I felt I had no choice but to obey. It did not matter how much as long as it was for my baby’s sake.

After few weeks, we noticed he was pooping like crazy, pooping almost every hour. We asked the pedia for other milk recommendation. She said “Similac” – a milk which had equivalent price. We changed into it and the result was very satisfactory.

After few months, we felt our salaries cannot cope with the expenditures. We were forced into choosing a cheaper brand. We transferred to Alacta Bibo Trio. It was almost 50% cheaper and was found compatible with our baby’s tummy after few days of trial. It saved us from cash troubles.

Currently, I am earning four times as much as before. We are taking care of our two months old baby girl. We are giving her Promil S26 as milk supplement. It is compatible to her as we observed. The milk is also expensive but I feel I can sustain it.

These is the trend I observed. If the budget permits, anyone want the expensive and compatible milk for her baby. If the budget is tight, the cheaper but compatible alternative is chosen. If money is too tight, the cheapest even if not compatible is given to baby.

A true story. A mother living few meters away from our home is giving Alaska powdered milk to her two months old baby. The milk is obviously not designed to baby of that age but seemed not giving the very young person any trouble.

Another true story. The rice milk is popular for babies at six months of age. In most cases, the reason for this is to cut on cost and not health concerns. Our very own 2 1/2 year old toddler has been drinking rice milk as alternate with commercial milk since he was six months old. He is very active and very talkative. He is tinkering with every toy in hand and asking about everything he sees.

Mercury Contaminated Infant Formula, Quan You | Advisory

Following the ruckus about the mercury contaminated milk, the Food and Drug Administration, FDA,  released an advisory last June 20, 2012. The DOH-FDA Advisory No. 2012-002. The advisory is originally available in fda.gov.ph website in scanned image pdf format.

Subject: Reports of mercury tainted infant formula manufactured by Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group in China

Following the reports that China’s product quality watchdog, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), detected unusual levels of mercury in several batches of Yili baby formula (Quan You baby formula), the public is advised that the product is Not Registered with FDA neither any record of application of infant formula manufactured and sourced from Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group.

Nonetheless and as precautionary measure, the FDA is monitoring the presence in the market of the identified and affected infant formula product and is now coordinating with Bureau of Customs to ensure that the said infant formula will not be allowed entry into the country. Also, the assistance of the Local Government Units are called upon in reporting individuals, outlets or establishments found selling the identified infant formula product. Furthermore, the public is strictly advised to be vigilant and report immediately to the Food and Drug Administration at these numbers (02)807-5606, should the Yili baby formula (Quan You baby formula) be seen or found in possession of any individual.

Signed by :
Nicolas B Lutero, III Esq., Ceso III
Assistant Secretary, Department of Health
Officer-In-Charge, FDA

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According to EPA a Reference Dose, RfD, of 0.1 µg/kg body weight/day exposure have no recognized adverse effects. This limit is considerably low. It is bothersome considering the consumers of the said formula are infants who are yet to develop their immune system.

Authorities assured that the said milk has not entered the local market yet and will not be allowed to.  No milk of any kind has been imported from China since the 2008 melamine incident.

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What is the Right Milk Formula for my Baby ?

This slogan is very popular. It is true and it will remain true until the science haven’t invented an exact replica of  the milk from mother’s mammary gland:

BREASTMILK STILL BEST FOR YOUR BABY UP TO TWO YEARS OF AGE.

All the doctors and medical associations agree to this slogan. Even the commercial infant formulas have this slogan boldly imprinted on their label.

However, the said slogan is only true if the mother is healthy and producing an ample amount of milk. There are cases when milk is not suitable for baby, producing little amount or no milk at all.  Then you need to search for the right commercial milk formula for your baby.

This standard by Codex Alementarius may help you decide. Reading this article might be a hard task but it will benefit you adorable baby in the end.

STANDARD FOR INFANT FORMULA AND FORMULAS FOR SPECIAL MEDICAL PURPOSES INTENDED FOR INFANTS

Full document can be read here.


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