D.R. asks from Dover, PA on November 24, 2006
Nestle Good Start Has Metal Shavings
i feed my 4 1/2 month old baby girl nestle good start with dha/ara. she's been doing great on it, but lately i've been finding what looks like tiny little metal shavings and paper shavings. has anyone else found this in their formula? i'm really concerned that i might have missed some in previous bottles and that it might harm her somehow. i've written to nestle about it, but i've yet to hear from anyone.
i'm afraid to switch to anything else since she's doing so great on it, but today i went out and bought bj's generic brand of enfamil lipil. has anyone tried this brand of formula? i also started rice cereal this week and i'm scared that the formula switch along with the rice cereal might be too much of a change. am i being paranoid?
well, thanks in advance for any advice.
So What Happened?™
well, i finally heard from nestle and their response was very disappointing to say the least. they told me that it's probably a manufacturing thing and that it won't hurt the baby. well, i'm not taking any chances. they didn't even apologize. i didn't expect my money back or anything like that, but i think an apology and a promise that they would look into the problem would have been the right thing to do.
i've been giving my girl the bj's brand of enfamil lipil and she's doing great on it....maybe a little bit more of the "pootin" and the burping, but she's not in any pain. she's even stopped spitting up.
thanks again for everyone's advice!
B.K. answers from Washington DC on December 01, 2006
I know Nestle has recalled formula in Australia with metal shavings. It is Nan. Last year they recalled formula in Canada that had metal shavings. So stay on top of them.
I wouldnt worry about switching formula. As I did with my old 3 they were fine.
C.B. answers from Denver on November 25, 2006
My daugter is 14.5 months old and I used that exact formula since day 1 (she did so well on it I didn't want to use any others), I stopped using it 2.5 months ago when she turned 1..I however never seen metal shavings in it. I think there could of been a malfuction at the factory where they can the formula or something or like the previous response said that iron sometimes looks like metal shavings but I would have a professional look at it and to make sure that nothing is in her system that can be harmful. Just keep a close eye on her and look at her poop to see that everything is passing OK and looks normal. Please let us know what you find out from Nestle or your Ped. I'm curious to what it is since I used it and tell on my friends with new baby's about it since I LOVED that formula and I want to be able to advise them on this issue if it is harmful. Thanks!! Take care!!
N. answers from Philadelphia on November 25, 2006
I know that formula has iron in it, and often electrolytic iron is delivered as tiny pieces of metal (like in Total cereal). Also, I know that formula often leaves rust stains... so there has to be iron metal in it... I just don't know how small the pieces are supposed to be! I bet everything's fine, but a call to the on-call ped today wouldn't be out of line I'm sure.
S.H. answers from Washington DC on November 25, 2006
When my husband and I switched from the ready-made formula to the powder formula, I never noticed any metal shavings or anything else out of the ordinary in the can. We used Similac Isomil Soy Formula (my son couldn't handle the regular kind). Just recently, my son stopped drinking formula but in all of the cans we've purchased over the last year, we have never had any problems. I would not trust any foreign shavings in infant formula whether they say it's safe or not. I wouldn't even use that brand anymore which it looks like you have done. As for switching to a new formula and cereal, it may very well give your daughter gas. It usually takes a couple of days for their body to get used to the change, but it will be okay. Her BM's may change into clumps or pellets also. If they change into pellets, she may be getting constipated. You can add about 2-4oz. of pear juice to the formula and that will help her become unconstipated. Good luck and I hope this helped!
J. answers from Pittsburgh on November 29, 2006
are you opening the cans with an opener - could that be the shavings and paper
M.S. answers from Philadelphia on November 25, 2006
Just a thought- are you using a can opener that may be leaving these shavings behind?
D.M. answers from Allentown on November 24, 2006
BEST ADVICE.. TAKE THE FORMULA TO YOUR PED.. AND HAVE HIM OR HER LOOK AT THE FORMULA TO SEE WHAT IT IS.. IF THEY FIND SOMETHING THAT IS NOT WELL THEY WILL CONTACT THE BOARD OF HEALTH AND HAVE THE COMPANY INVESTIGATED...
Try to make a appointment for your baby to also have a check up... to make sure there is no lead in their blood stream.
J.B. answers from Harrisburg on November 25, 2006
You may be being paranoid, but I think EVERY mother tends to be. Her is my feeding story and I hope it helps. I breastfed my son exclusively for 3 months. Then he went into daycare where it was a mix between me and Nestle. I think I remember those metal pieces and chalked it up to the lid and inside of the container. (If I remember correctly) Anyway, when he turned about 6 months, my husband the "label reader" checked out the ingredients of the Nestle vs. BJ's and found little difference and the differences were not important. Also at 6 months maybe 5 1/2 we went for the rice. So, that is my feeding pattern. Not sure if it helps or not, but what I can for sure tell you is that NOTHING we've just talked about that you do will hurt your daughter. She may get an upset stomach or belly ache or gas...but nothing serious that can't be reversed. If you find a strange symptom, removed one thing you've changed and see if it works. Just trust yourself and you will do great!!!
J.B. answers from Scranton on November 25, 2006
This has been known to happen before. It seems to be a pretty common problem with formula. They say it's no big deal, but it seems pretty freaky to me. Maybe the ready-to-feed would be less likely to have it? I know it's slightly better because it's sterilized whereas the powder can have enterobacteria in it. That's why they say never to give powdered to infants under 2 months or preemies.
I'd hold off on the rice cereal for a while, anyway. 4 months is kinda early for solids, and rice cereal's kinda blah and not very nutritious.