Friday, May 12, 2006
Generic formula good as name brand
...This little cutie is at your mercy and can't go to the store or order a steak.
…Many parents don’t know that the generic formulas on the shelf as just as good as Enfamil or Similac.
…Uniformity is ensured by Congress under the Infant Formula Act of 1980.
…For a number of reasons, the breast is best, but generics can be second best nutritionally and as a value.
…Early formula, made in the 1800s in Europe, was funky, consisting of cow’s milk and flour (basically Elmer’s Glue).
…In the 1900s, fats, proteins, and trace elements were added.
…In the late 1970s, tragedy struck! Some formulas were too low in salt and babies were developmentally affected.
…This led to passage of the Infant Formula Act saying all formulas had to contain the same, er, formula. (In a recent tweak by the FDA, all must contain DHA, Omega 3 fish oil.)
…Nothing is too good for your baby, though, and the name brands still hog the market.
…And jack their prices alarmingly every year.
…According to Newsweek (May 8, 2006), some people are feeding babies rice or soy milk.
…Not cool. These do not contain the proper elements for healthy growth.
…It says so right on the label.
…These beverages are low in fat and cholesterol, which is good for adults, but in babies, can result in rickets or a protein deficiency called kwashiorkor.
…According to Newsweek, without enough protein, babies’ skin can become “flaky paint.” They can also swell with fluids and lose immunity.
…Not what you want to see when you peek in the stroller.
…If you are watering formula or feeding unfortified soy or rice milk and your kid becomes bow-legged, check with the doctor.
…You need to feed legitimate formula, but it doesn’t have to be brand name.