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Your link isn't working for me, but that won't stop me from commenting, LOL! (I have seen that site before, and have the recipies in my files) Before I start, I'll disclose that I am a ped, and a neonatologist, so my opinions may be tainted in some folks' minds. I am very committed to human milk for all infants, and am focusing my career in this area.
I'm hesitant to post, but I can take any venom resulting, I guess.
I believe that human milk is the most appopriate food for all infants, and that nothing else should be given for at least 6 months, for healthy full-term babies. (And babies should be breastfed until a natural weaning)
There has been a lot of research into the nutritional needs of babies, and their growth in the first years is so important to long term development. And the AIM companies have used those data to make their poor substiutes for mother's milk. After reading the recipies for whole food formulas, I agree that they may not have all the nutrients babies need in this vulnerable time. There are not well-controlled studies of growth and development of babies fed these homemade formulas. We do know, however, that the epidemic of obesity, type II diabetes, and cholesterol issues is occurring in an age cohort (45-60 year olds) who were disproportinally fed homemade formula, made from goat milk or evaporated cow milk, plus other additives. This concerns me. The commerical stuff may be just as bad, but we know the growth and developmental outcomes of babies (to young adulthood only) fed these artificial milks, and although sup-optimal compared to mother's milk, at least the effect size of the difference is known.
So, I think commerical formula is the safer alternative when no human milk (mom's or a donor's) is available. There are hypoallergenic and elemental formulas that are easier on babies' guts.
yes, the formula industry is evil, especially in its marketing of AIM as an essential product for all babies. Sometimes, though, we need those artificial baby milks, and so I'm glad they are around.
I just wish they were not marketed to consumers at all.
But, everyone gets to make their own parenting choices, which I support completely.