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|Does he not know that his words will be twisted around to make it seem that formula is the better choice?|
|NABA has received many, many reports of babies being fed Lipil and experiencing watery, explosive diarrhea. This needs to be reported to the manufacturer and the FDA as a side effect or adverse event of this formula. This is so similar to the selling of olestra (the stuff in potato chips that prevents a person from absorbing the fat which caused painful cramping and diarrhea in many adults) that it is a scary comparison. We do not know if babies lose fat, fat soluble vitamins or any other nutrients through the stool when they consume this formula. As a matter of fact, we know very little about this formula.|
|It also was revealed that Sears, a longtime vocal advocate of adding the controversial supplement DHA to infant formulas in the United States, serves as a paid medical advisor to Martek Biosciences, the company currently lobbying the FDA to require DHA supplementation in all infant formula sold in this country.
Despite his stated positions at AskDrSears.com advising parents on the use of generic infant formulas (when formula is required) and DHA, Sears did not offer any disclosure statement on the site informing readers of his fiduciary ties to PBM or Martek.
In a telephone interview Sunday, Dr. Sears readily admitted that PBM Products/StoreBrandFormulas.com underwrote the cost of designing and launching AskDrSears.com, as well as the cost of a full-page ad promoting the site in this month's BabyTalk magazine. Sears also answered affirmatively when asked if he is a Martek stockholder.
|Originally posted by Mom2six
Since he believes this to be an important addition to formula, and he is a pediatrician who knows that a large percenage of women are going wind up formula feeding at some point in the first year, I can totally see him being a spokeman for some the DHA company. I think from *his* POV he is being a realist and trying to help those babies that won't get a year of b/m to get the best available. Whether this is the best available is debatable, but obviously Dr. Sears believes it is - he advocated for the addition to formulas in the US. And Walmart is probably the best place to get the word out to formula feeding moms. :
|The latest edition of Wired magazine reveals how to have better children through chemistry. The magazine reports on the arrival of pharmacological tweaking in the form of four drugs to enhance healthy kids rather than cure sick ones.
Naturally, the best method of delivering these new wonder drugs is through baby formula. In addition to more than two dozen vitamins and minerals, the top-selling infant formulas in the United States now contain the combination additives DHA-ARA. The manufacturers claim that fatty acids improve both IQ and eyesight, and back their assertions with glossy advertisements in parent magazines that show newborns with sharply focused eyes sucking from bottles.
One even declares the formula will give your child the mind of a scientist. Desperate for that IQ edge, parents believe it. The companies marketing the new superbaby formulas are seeing their share prices skyrocket as new mothers choose the additive formulas over breastfeeding. All this despite the fact that all the clinical trials done so far have been financed by either the company that produces the additives or the formula-makers themselves.
|Originally posted by Tanibani
According to a New Zealand article, women are choosing these formulas over BFing because they think it's superior to breastmilk .[/URL]
|I don't know about "superior", but I work in L&D and we had women coming in asking for "that breastmilk formula" when Lipil came out.|
-Alice, SAHM to dd (2001) and ds (2004) each of whom was a , who each self-weaned at 4.5 years , who both 'd, who were both, and both: . Also, , and !
|Originally posted by jessikate
I am definitely reconsidering my recommendation of his books to new and expectant parents. Anyone have some alternatives?