Manufacturers of baby formula in the US have recently been reprimanded for misleading parents with their health and benefit claims – this, sadly, does not surprise me. You can read that here:
However, what did shock me was the list of ingredients they have!
Almost all of the products that were tested by researchers were made up of powdered milk, corn syrup or other added sweeteners, vegetable oil, and contained more sodium and less protein than cow’s milk.
Oh my giddy Aunt! I wouldn’t want to feed my baby corn syrup or sweeteners and I’d also want to know what veg oil is used, wouldn’t you?
Anyway, this was just to ask Mums and Dads out there to have a check what is in your chosen formula and to make sure it is as pure and healthy as possible. This is what we start our little ones’ lives off with. Sometimes we can’t breastfeed – and sometimes Mum’s nutrition is so low even if she does, the baby doesn’t get as much as he/she should – so formulas can be really important. Just choose wisely please.
Oh, and if you are beyond formula stage and need good baby/toddler/young child recipe advice, check out Annabel Karmel’s site here which is full of useful resources. She also has a great YouTube channel packed with advice and recipes that I often refer parents to.
Finally, don’t forget my Children’s Health Factsheet here with recommended foods and a supplement protocol specifically for little ones.