B.H. asks from Gilbert, AZ on July 24, 2008
Hello there. I am a mom of a 6month old. I am 90% nursing and 10% formula feeding. I have been pumping and freezing for when I work, but I can't get enough to exclusively breasfeed. So, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on the organic formulas that are out there. Is it work the money????? I have been using similac soy because my baby was spitting up a lot. I am only thinking of changing because I heard that soy can be harmful???? there is so much out there about what is harmful for our children that I am so worried! I didn't think about this stuff when I had my first child and now I am using cloth diapers, glass bottles, and organic everything! I feel like I gave my first bornt he short end of the stick because I was so unfamiliar with this stuff. Maybe I am just too paranoid now? :o) Advice?
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S.D. answers from Phoenix on July 25, 2008
B. - I read your post and smiled because I could have written it verbatim myself. My boys are 2 and 4 months. I did not start focusing on "going green" until my first started eating solids. I think that the media is the culprit for stressing us out about organics. Regardless, I think that we need to try and lessen the exposure of toxins to our children. The question really lies on whether what is being marketed as "organic" is in fact trully organic. I am not sure if or how we can assure ourselves that we are getting what we are paying for, but we can give ourselves peace of mind by making the effort. I really try and give my toddler as much organics as possible. Now that my 4 month old is approaching solids, and it is hard for me to keep up my breastmilk (I also work), I will start supplementing with organic formula. I will probably use Earth's Best or Similac. There is a book entitled "How to raise a smarter child by Kindergarten" that disucusses the toxins in our environment, as well as certain foods that we should focus on being organic. You are right that this is stressful...I have learned that almost everything we are exposed to has some adverse effect. I think the best we can do is to control the levels we are exposed to, especially for our little ones that are more vulnerable. The book may give you some direction on what foods are important be organic.
I hope this helps. At least know, you are not alone on the issue. I think it is worth it. Best of luck - S
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J.C. answers from Boston on August 09, 2008
Im alittle late responding but I use Similac Organic for my son he loves it and has had no issues...I also know Earths Best has one but my son didnt take to that very well.Good Luck!!
A.P. answers from Phoenix on July 26, 2008
I can't help you in the formula department, but if you're looking for an easy way to boost your milk supply, you could try fenugreek. It's an herbal supplement that has been known to increase the milk supply. I had to use it with my first two babies. Also, I heard that eating oatmeal is a milk booster as well. Good luck--I'm sure formula can get pretty spendy even if it's just 10% of the time.
T.N. answers from Phoenix on July 25, 2008
It's wise to be informed and cautious. But I am skeptical of anything that would have me act out of fear. Like you, I also have been removing things from my home that have toxins, etc, but I was raised with all of this and am fine. It seems like every time I turn around I find out something new that could be harming me and my children either physically or emotionally.
Have you heard of the book recently published called "Scared to Death" by James Delingpole? Here's the synopsis:
This brilliant expose of some of the most destructive delusions of our time should be compulsory reading for everyone (particularly journalists and politicians) and if people took heed the world would suddenly become a better place.
From salmonella in eggs to BSE, from the Millennium Bug to bird 'flu, from DDT to passive smoking, from asbestos to global warming, 'scares' have become one of the most conspicuous and damaging features of our modern world. This book for the first time tells the inside story of each of the major scares of the past two decades, showing how they have followed a remarkably consistent pattern.It analyses the crucial role played in each case by scientists who have misread or manipulated the evidence; by the media and lobbyists who eagerly promote the scare without regard to the facts; and finally by the politicians and officials who come up with an absurdly disproportionate response, leaving us all to pay a colossal price, which may run into billions or even hundreds of billions of pounds. This book culminates in a chillingly detailed account of the story behind what it shows has become the greatest scare of them all: the belief that the world faces disaster through man-made global warming. In an epilogue the authors compare our credulity in falling for scares to mass-hysterias of previous ages such as the post-mediaeval 'witch craze', describing our time as a 'new age of superstition'.
K.W. answers from Phoenix on July 29, 2008
Like the others, I don't think "organic" is the key. I do think that the environment we are raising our children in is different than the one we were raised in so their bodies are reacting differently to things. For some children formula is fine, for others not. My kids all had reactions to dairy so no formula--they would spit up and had diarrhea a lot. I don't think soy is great for anybody--especially kids--based on my reading. However, I recently read that goats milk has protein strands that are very similar to that of breast milk and therefore easier for infants to digest. A friend of mine whose children couldn't have dairy used this to supplement her breast milk and had great results. It is readily available and not horribly expensive. I saw some canned at the grocery store but I think there are varying kinds out there. I'd shop around at health food stores and grocery stores and see what you find. I also found goats milk yogurt which was really good. Also, I found that my children stopped having as much spit up and nursed better when I went off of dairy and spicy foods while nursing. Just a thought.