My wife has been breastfeeding our daughter the minute she was cleaned up from the nastiness of being in the belly. We believe that breast is best and of course it is so much more cheaper to feed something that your body naturally dispenses. However, there has been a time or two that we have used formula.
The first time we used formula was the first night that we had Kennedee at home. She was crying and screaming and just would not stop. Ashlee, my wife, was sleeping and could not wake up long enough to feed Kennedee due to the strong pain medication. I was desperate and grabbed the formula that we received free in the mail and made a bottle. Kennedee drank one ounce and feel asleep, this was a great moment in the night that I could think and hear what was going on around me again.
The second time we used this was this past weekend when my wife was sick, very sick. She was throwing up and, well I will spare you the gorey details. Luckily Ashlee’s sister was in town and she was able to baby sit for us while I was at work. While she and my in-laws had Kennedee they ran out of frozen breastmilk and we did not want Ashlee holding our daughter, so formula was the only answer. (Well we could have asked one of our friends who is breastfeeding their kids if we can have some milk, but that would be out of our comfort zone.)
At lunch today we were discussing the formula for some reason and my wife asked her mom if she read the ingredient of the formula. Come to find out the very first ingredient is corn Syrup Solids! What?! The very thing that we are trying to not give our daughter is the number one ingredient in her life saving powder.
I feel let down by the people who are suppose to have your babies health interest at the very top of their list. Just in case you do not know the ingredients of the formula, I have listed them below.
- Similac Sensitive EarlyShield Powder / 1.45-lb (657-g) SimplePac / Case of 6
- Similac Sensitive Powder / 2.12-lb (963-g) SimplePac / Case of 6
- Similac Sensitive EarlyShield Powder / 12.6-oz (357-g) Can / Case of 6
Corn Syrup Solids, Sugar (Sucrose), Milk Protein Isolate, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Soy Oil, Coconut Oil, Galactooligosaccharides. Less than 2% of the Following: C. Cohnii Oil*, M. Alpina Oil†, Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Lycopene, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Magnesium Chloride, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Choline Bitartrate, Taurine, m-Inositol, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Mixed Tocopherols, L-Carnitine, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Cupric Sulfate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Phylloquinone, Biotin, Sodium Selenate, Vitamin D3, Cyanocobalamin, Potassium Hydroxide, and Nucleotides (Adenosine 5’-Monophosphate, Cytidine 5’-Monophosphate, Disodium Guanosine 5’-Monophosphate, Disodium Uridine 5’-Monophosphate).
* A source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
† A source of arachidonic acid (ARA).
Contains milk ingredients. Gluten-Free; suitable for lactose sensitivity.
This reminds me of the commerical that the corn industry airs where the two mothers are at a birthday party and one mom is pouring the kool-aid and the other is like oh that is corn syrup. Then the mom who is pouring pretty much makes the other feel stupid. Well, SNL did a great skit about this commercial. It is basically the same, however at the end it shows the mom’s daughter as a fat man wanting more kool-aid.
If you know me you may be saying, well Doug, you are on the heavy side. Yes I am, however we are trying to eat better and use better ingredients in our foods. My wife and I do not want our child to be obese.
I have learned a lesson from this incedint and will be going to the store to purchase some Earth’s Best Infant Formula. This brand does not have these nasty ingridents. Next time we are needing to use formula, I will not have a bad conscience. I hope you look at what you are feeding your children and together we can help stop childhood obesity.
Thanks for reading about a dugs life.