Aaagggghhh, What to Do Because of the Formula Recall???

Updated on September 24, 2010
T.L. asks from San Pedro, CA
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Okay, so most of you have probably heard about the massive formula recall. And of course the toddler formula we use was recalled. I was just getting ready to switch from toddler formula to goat's milk, but didn't want to do it cold turkey!
I am afraid that if I just abruptly switch it will seriously mess up the baby's stomach.
I am still giving my toddler the recalled formula because the chance of the beetle larvae being in the powder was so remote, I'd rather take the chance at this point. But I've got to do something, because I know I am not going to be able to find any more of it in the stores anyway. I really wanted to taper down on the formula while tapering up on the goat's milk (like making a bottle with 2/3's formula, 1/3 goat's milk for a couple days, then 1/2 and 1/2, then 1/3 to 2/3, etc.). But I don't want to use another toddler formula because so many of them are totally full of sugar.
What is everyone else doing? Did you just switch brands cold turkey?

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So What Happened?

So I decided just to buy another brand of toddler formula and hope for the best (that the baby would like it). I couldn't find the todller formula in a non-recalled form in that brand. So the next bottle we will know if the baby will be happy with it or not. The baby needs the formula because she has this weird gag relflex and doesn't get a lot of nutrition yet from table and baby food because she has a hard time swallowing, but hates most pureed baby foods and wants the taste of "real" table food. (It's a challenge, but we do our best).
I definitely got some interesting answers from people who clearly wanted to put in their two cents worth and weren't really answering my question because they weren't in my position.
I agree with the one mom who would be concerned if the recall was because of something chemical or bacterial. If that was the case, the baby would never have had another ounce of that stuff. But I hope that other people realize that ALL of our food supply is contaminated with animal/rodent/insect parts to some degree. I have a degree in public health and know that there are guidelines for how many parts per million there can be for rodent hairs / insects, etc., etc.
Totally gross but thats just the way it is and the reality our of food supply.
So considering the fact that baby has been on this formula for months and probably has been drinking the recalled product for weeks before they recalled it does not make me happy, but a remote chance of ground up beetle larvae in the powder does not have me in a uproar either.
In fact, thank goodness the company has the safeguards in place to even KNOW that there was a chance of beetles/beetle larvae parts in their product. Most companies aren't even in that ballpark.
So as for me, we have switched brands and once I am sure there are no tummy troubles from the brand switch, I will start the process of switching the baby to goat's milk, which I have been researching, and have found out is much better for humans of any age than cow's milk as far as potential allergens go.
Thank you to all that actually answered my question.

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answers from Atlanta on

Is there a special reason you're giving a toddler formula? Most people end the formula after the 1st birthday. I have a VERY picky eater who I gave toddler formula for a few months until he started eating a few other fortified things like cereal and oatmeal, but if you have a toddler who is eating foods and drinking any kind of other milk or eating dairy products -it shouldn't be a problem.

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answers from Huntsville on

When my daughter turned 1, I thought 'what if she just likes whole milk just how it is?' Why bother with the whole mixing thing then? lol So I gave her a little bit of whole milk in a sippy cup. She loved it! Then never looked back at forumla! lol

I suppose if your child has had previous stomach sensitivity issues, you might just ask your pediatrician if it would be ok to go cold turkey.

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answers from Wausau on

Umm would you like to be fed this formula. If not don't do it to your child. Also there are many kids who's parents feed them whatever formula is on sale, whats wrong with that especially when they are old. You don't feed them the same food everyday. When they are newborns it's a better idea to keep it the same but not as they are older. I am asuming since you are so against the sugary formula you will not and have not been giving your child juice?!?!

Wow larvae over sugar! The thought process of some people is amazing to me :(

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answers from Washington DC on

As you are using toddler formula then your child is over a year old , switching to a different formula will not seriously mess up the child's stomach , he/she is eating food so the gut is used to different foods , if it were me I would skip the toddler formula and go straight to the milk , toddler formula is a waste of money and has no nutritional value anyway for most kids who do not have a special need for it

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answers from Chicago on

When our first child switched from formula to whole milk, we just switched when we ran out of formula. No weaning, nothing. He was completely fine and didn't mind it at all. Our kids are often more resilient than what we give them credit for.

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answers from Columbus on

Hmmm...... You rather give your child formula with bugs in it rather than other brands that have sugar in them? Something's not right with that picture.

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answers from Topeka on

Would you eat or drink something that was recalled?Why give it to your child.Your toddler isn't drinking whole milk @ age 1 it is ok if it is instructed to do so by your dr.

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answers from Philadelphia on

Since you are already in the process of switching to milk, why don't you try their canned formulas - even if you have to go back to infant formula. It's is more expensive, but your not going to be using formula for much longer.

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answers from Boise on

My daycare sent all those on formula home yesterday because they didn't have anything to feed them. Even those with reflux went out and bought a different formula. You can check out other formulas for sugar, but they recalled that brand for a reason. I wouldn't eat it, or give it to my child.

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answers from Houston on

I have to say...I'm kind of with you with giving the formula. Plenty of people in the world eat insects and larvae as a major part of their diet. There are some very delicious tacos made out of fried grasshoppers in a VERY nice Mexican restaurant here in Houston.

Has anyone else seen the statistics on how many insects you manage to ingest every year unbeknownst to you? Mind boggling.

BUT I don't know how old your child is, but plenty of kids do fine with a cold-turkey change over. The biggest risk is that he won't like it.

If the recall was about lead or melamine or ground up glass...I'd be a little more worried.

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answers from Eugene on

It never occurred to me to do it gradually. I was breastfeeding and didn't like pumping so maybe that's the difference--but I just gave my son cow's milk when he turned 1 and that was that--of course he comes from a long line of people of people with iron stomachs that can and do eat anything so maybe that's why it didn't occur to me to this...the funny thing is...I do this when I change cat food brands, but it never occurred to me to do this with my baby!

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