I wanted to add this new info about formulas:
as many of us know DHA and ARA are non essential fatty acids that have been determined to help with brain development and eye sight and are found in breastmilk. This artical describes the USDA's ban on allowing DHA/ARA supplements to allowed to be added to organic formulas because of the synthetic way they are extracted (using hexane, a petroleum product) Gross!
“only one over-the-counter formula is available without synthetic DHA/ARA.”
(Please double check these statements with a Pediatrician or a Lactation Consultant. We are neither, and do not claim to be better informed than health professionals. This is simply what we have decied to do for our family.)
1. We use Baby’s Only organic formula. It is made by a company called Nature’s One. It is organic, uses non-GMO ingredients, and is made in the USA. It is marketed as a “toddler formula” because the company strongly encourages breast feeding. However the formula complies with the Infant Formula Act, and is safe to feed to infants. You can see brand by brand nutritional comparisons on their website.
2. Baby’s Only does not use DHA/ARA additives in their formula, for many of the same concerns that this article expresses. They do, however, sell a DHA/ARA supplement which can be added to the formula. Their DHA and ARA is extracted from egg yolks using a natural water process. This product is free of Hexane, and other synthetic oils.
3. For better digestion, and so our formula is more like “living” breastmilk- we use a probiotic supplement. There are many of these on the market containing different numbers of different “friendly” bacteria to help your baby’s gastrointestinal tract. The most importantant thing to look for is for the supplement to contain “Bifidobacteria”, of which there are several kinds. The most important is “Bifidobacterium infantis”, which is found in breast milk and seems to help our baby digest her formula even better.
So far, one month in, we have had great success with this system. Our baby is healthy and appears to be thriving. However, every baby is different and has different needs. What we believe is important is for every parent to make a concerned effort to only put the best into their baby. Whether it’s breastmilk or formula, if it’s fed to your baby with intention and love, we feel a baby will thrive that way