The Dangers of Baby Formula

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Whether you are a breastfeeding mom, mom-to-be, or a woman thinking about having a child, the decision to breastfeed or use baby formula is a typical dilemma in the modern world. Some women feel that “Fed Is Best” and breastfeeding is not right for them after they do it for a month or two, so they switch to baby formula. There are certain dangers to consider when deciding to give a child commercial baby formula, though.

 

From a biological standpoint, breast milk is considered the optimal food for newborns. Human milk contains countless bioactive molecules that help to inhibit inflammation and infection, while also contributing to healthy organ development. It also helps to mature the immune system. Now, this does not mean that breastfeeding is always optimal. Some mothers are unable to breastfeed and some babies struggle or are unable to do so. Some mothers can breastfeed, but just can’t produce enough milk.

 

Baby formula, on the other hand, is typically processed under high heat, which can lead to the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGES). AGES are basically sugar molecules that damage proteins in your body, leading to inflammation or an increased risk of chronic diseases like diabetes or heart disease.

 

The dangerous thing about sugar damaging protein is that it makes your immune system act defensively. A child’s immune system will combat AGES, but this leaves some damage in his/her arteries, which can lead to the formation of plaque; thus, the strong connection between infants who consume formula and heart disease or diabetes later on in their lives.

 

Almost all of the infant formulas out there contain substances that should be avoided, one of the main ones is sucrose. All major formulas have some kind of added sugar because it helps babies to digest the proteins in milk in soy. Breast milk, on the other hand, contains things like probiotics and healthy bacteria that help an infant’s body thrive. The probiotics in breast milk also help to contribute to the healthy development of gut flora. While baby formulas may contain probiotics, they are inferior to those found in breast milk.

 

Think of an infant’s body as a blank slate. The baby has yet to form an ecosystem that develops within the digestive system. The manufacturers of baby formula cannot replicate the beneficial microflora that exist in breast milk. What we are essentially saying is that breast milk is the best milk.

 

Did you know that breast milk has roughly 100 different components that contribute to the development of a healthy child? Breast milk contains living cells, hormones, enzymes, and protective antibodies that help to neutralize foreign invaders in a baby’s body. Breast milk also contains lactoferrin, which is an iron-building protein that has antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-cancer properties.

 

What Moms Need To Do:

Since the baby is essentially consuming what the mother puts in her body, it is ideal to consume a healthy diet. Eating a lot of processed foods, meat, meat products, added sugars, or refined ingredients is not going to benefit a baby’s health. It is best to consume plant-based foods that are going to give your body complete proteins and essential nutrients to help the baby’s development. When the baby is old enough to start eating real foods, it is advisable to make your own baby food by pureeing vegetables and fruits. Homemade is the best way to ensure that your baby isn’t consuming processed ingredients.

 

Safe Herbs To Help Detox Baby Formula From Infants:

  • Red Clover
  • Mullein leaf
  • Chaparral
  • Strawberry leaf
  • Chickweed
  • Elderberry
  • Dandelion
  • Burdock root

Make a tea from these herbs and sweeten it with grade A maple syrup and add a little lemon juice, and give to the baby via a bottle.

 

To conclude, we understand that not every person is going to see eye to eye on this matter. We only recommend that if you are going to use baby formula for your child, it is advisable to do your research to make the best informed decision you can possible make. There are other options like donor milk or homemade formula. We also recommend that you do read the ingredients of baby formula to ensure you aren’t give a child harmful chemicals.

 

Sources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/25/toxins-in-baby-formula-milk.aspx

https://bodyecology.com/articles/baby_formula_health_risks.php

https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/food/the-5-most-alarming-ingredients-found-in-baby-formula

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3586783/]

2017-09-21T10:36:11+00:00

Related Questions

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    Q: Do you have any herbs for baby reflux? My daughter gives her baby boy soymilk. I told her soy milk makes mucus among other reasons. What other alternative for soymilk other than breast milk?

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    Make a tea using anise seed and/or caraway seed, sweeten it with maple syrup, and add a little lemon and put in a baby bottle and give to the baby. However, remove the acid foods. Tell her to use hemp, almond, or rice milk. They are far better than soy milk.

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    Q: I have a 7 month old baby girl name Neffera. I breast fed her for about 4 1/2 months. I have been giving her soy infant formula and really do not feel right about it. I also have been giving her the Gerber organic green beans, peas, applesauce, ect. She has a lot of congestion and mucus like I have never seen before ever in a baby. I am not sure what has caused all of this mucus, but I want to strengthen her immune system and feed her better. What do you suggest?

    A:

    Wow, Beloved! I'll tell you what caused all that mucus: the soy-based infant formula which is crap!!!! Plus, those baby foods. Gerber's is CRAP!!!!! You must undo the damage you unintentionally done via ignorance. Please read our article on "ALTERNATIVE INFANT FORMULA MILK" and learn to make alternative formulas for your baby. You must also start making your own baby food. You must do these things to reverse the serious harm you've done to your baby. All wrong can be righted by doing the right thing. I would highly, highly, highly recommend you schedule a 1-hour health consultation (only $100) a.s.a.p. There's just so much that needs to be explained to you so that child can make a speedy recovery. Time here won't allow it, so a consultation is best!

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    Q: Thank you for the great advice! :) Our baby has had baby eczema since infancy; however it looks as though it is now getting worse. She has always been and continues to be breastfed; we have supplemented with formula and Gerber baby products once she was ready for solids. She is now eating foods such as oatmeal, whole milk (sometimes we tradeoff between that and baby formula), various fruits and vegetables, meats such as chicken, turkey and beef, pasta, bread, beans, rice, etc. She seems to be more interested in eating carbohydrates than anything else. Also, another question we have is pertaining to my wife's acne and melasma problem which she has had for several years since adolescence (acne) and since she started using contraceptives (melasma). She also has a few crow's feet around her eyes which she would like to get rid of. Do you have any advice and or recommendations for treating these problems? Once again, thank you for the advice and we greatly appreciate your help/suggestions.

    A:

    The baby's diet is unfortunately conducive to eczema. It is greatly acid-forming and needs to be changed immediately. For your wife, have her begin her healing journey by performing the FULL BODY DETOX.

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    Q: Can you tell me which formula is safest for me to use while I'm still nursing (baby isn't a baby, 2 1/2 years old, need to stop very soon), but would like to do the cleanse and your FYI says it can be done except certain products can't be used because they stop the flow of milk. Please advise as soon as possible. I would not want to harm my child in any way.

    A:

    Your best bet is to perform the LIQUID Full Body Cleanse as it doesn't contain milk-stopping herbs!

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    Q: I am concerned about my wife breast feeding while doing the FULL BODY DETOX. I read two previous responses in the Q&A section. One said it was not ok but the other said that "the herbs get into the milk supply in a portion healthy for the baby so that the baby also benefits from the herbs". So is it okay for her to do the detox?

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    Your wife can breast feed while performing the LIQUID CHILDREN DETOX (liquid extracts) . Capsules version may prove to strong for her body.

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    Q: I am breastfeeding a 3-month-old baby girl and have severe constipation. I may go a week without a bowel movement. This is not normal and very painful. When I do finally go, it is very hard stool. What is safe for me, and my child to help alleviate the problem without losing my milk supply?

    A:

    A laxative will not impair your milk supply. Try our BOWEL MOVER and/or COLON FORMULA.

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    Q: I read your article on Dangerous Dairy, and I cannot find on the internet any back up on what is discussed about dairy. Example, fecal matter (like milk), if this is not real fecal matter. What are you talking about? It is also stated that no other animals will drink other animals milk. This is not so, there are reports of baby animals, that lose their mothers and another species steps in to save the baby animals life. A dog saving a baby tigers life. A squirrel saving a pigs life, etc. It is a known fact that we have been eating dairy products for over 8,0000 years. I know that times have changed, but where are your facts were are you getting these facts to report such cause and effect? I would like to see this facts or websites. Thank you.

    A:

    Your problem may be the Inter-net. You can't be an exclusive Inter-net armchair researcher and expect to find everything, such as the information in my article. We can't give up on BOOKS for a computer screen!

    Everything I cover in my article can be scientifically backed up.

    RECOMMENDED:
    BOOK: Don't Drink Your Milk by Frank A. Oski, M.D.
    BOOK: Milk: The Deadly Poison, by Robert Cohen
    VIDEO: Let's Eat To Live - Vol. 8 "Milk" (shows filter screen with cow feces on it)
    Like the Bible says: ask and it shall be given.

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    Q: My question is how to provide the best advantage for my baby I am breast feeding. We will separated for two weeks. to provide the best nutrition for him other than my expressed milk and supplemental goats milk? please advise

    A:

    The best milk for infants to consume is breast milk, so it would be best to pump as much as you can and freeze it to preserve it for your child. Below is an article on alternatives to Infant Formula Milk to help decide which alternative milk would be best if you're not able to supply him with two weeks worth of milk.

     

    Alternative Infant Formula Milk- http://dherbs.com/news/4881/4669/Alternative-Infant-Formula-Milk/d,ai.html

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    Q: I was looking at your recipes for infant milk. I am breast feeding but need to wean. I was interested in giving him rice milk (Rice Dream enriched with vitamin a, c, and other vitamins). However, the website says not for use as infant formula. Why would this not be a good substitute? What would this be lacking? Why is your recipe a complete formula for proper infant nutrition? Please Help a concerned new mom!

    A:

    Rice Dream is fortified with SYNTHETIC nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and therefore it's not a good source of organic nutrition. If you use Rice Dream, please fortify it with organic nutrition like Dherbs.com Moringa Seed Extract, and Iodine Phosphate Extract (add 5 dropperfuls of each formula to infant milk).

    Product Links:
    Moringa Seed Extract
    Iodine Extract

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    Q: I made the alternative baby formula for my 3 month old yesterday, and she drank all of it! However, I just did some research online and wanted to know what your take on a warning I found online. Caution: Irish Moss has some blood thinning properties, So people taking anti-coagulating medications should avoid using it. Pregnant or breast-feeding patients should avoid it. Infants shouldn't be given Irish moss because it may suppress the immune system. Patients with underlying bleeding disorders or hypotension should use Irish moss with caution. Please Advise?

    A:

    A bunch of BS! Don't believe the hype! Sea moss is 100% nutrition with no adverse side effects!

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    Q: My wife just get baby so she's busy with breast feeding. Some of the midwife suggested to use additional vitamin K. My question is should we used it or is there natural ways to give the infant vitamin K?

    A:

    When infants are breast fed, they receive all the nutrients from the milk of the mother and the foods that she is consuming.  The infant can naturally get more vitamin k by having the mother consume more foods that are rich in the vitamin.  Foods that have a high source of Vitamin K include dried basil, thyme or parsley, green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, mustard greens, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, olive oil and dried fruits like prunes, blueberries and peaches.  The diet of a mother that is breastfeeding is very important to the health of the infant.  We suggest trying the Electric Greens combo as it helps provide plant-based nutrients that are beneficial to the health of the mother and the child.

    Product Links:

    10 Day - Electric Greens Combo Cleanse -http://www.dherbs.com/store/10-day-electric-greens-cell-food-cleanse-p-437.html

    Electric Greens Combo -http://dherbs.com/store/electric-greens-combo-p-25.html

     

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    Q: I was looking at your recipies for infant milk. I am breastfeeding but need to wean. I was interested in giving him rice milk (Rice Dream enriched with vit a, c,and other vitamins). However, the website says not for use as infant formula. Why would this not be a good substitute? What would this be lacking? Why is your recipie a complete formula for proper infant nutrition? Please Help a concerned new mom!

    A:

    Rice Dream is fortified with SYNTHETIC nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and therefore it's not a good source of organic nutrition. If you use Rice Dream, please fortify it with organic nutrition like Dherbs.com Moringa Seed Extract and Iodine Phosphate Extract (add 5 dropperfuls of each formula to infant milk).

    Article:
    Alternative Infant Formula Milk

    Product Links:
    Moringa Seed Extract
    Iodine Extract

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    Q: Greetings, My son just turned one and his day care provider is trying to convince me that he needs whole milk because of the fat in the milk promotes for healthy brain development. I have seen your article on â€ALTERNATIVE INFANT FORMULA MILKâ€; do you suggest something for toddlers

    A:

    I suggest any of the alternative milks I wrote about in the article (â€ALTERNATIVE INFANT FORMULA MILKâ€) as they are better for babies, toddlers, children, etc. Cow milk is a toxin and poison to the human body.

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    Q: If I may ask, what is it specifically about the baby's diet that is conducive to eczema? We try to give her a normal, healthy, nutritious diet. Exactly which foods are acid-forming so that we may alternate them out of her diet? As for my wife, she has taken several detoxes in the past with no results. She is now expecting and breastfeeding so I don't believe a detox would be the best thing for her at the moment. Are there any other suggestions you can offer us for currently treating these problems?

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    The acid-forming foods are eggs, meat, dairy products, and refined grains. Shop for vegan foods. Your wife can drink DETOX TEA and use HEALING SKIN OIL (externally) as well as drink vegetable juice (which greatly cleanses the blood). Please consider a consultation so that all questions may be thoroughly answered and so you all can get on the path of healing together as a family.

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    Q: I am African American and I have a two-week-old baby girl. I breast feed her, she still spits up all the time and sometimes it comes out through her nose. Saliva builds up in her mouth where it is difficult for her to breathe. She has thick white film on her tongue, and she has small tiny red bumps all over her face. I desperately need some advice to cure these ailments.

    A:

    Your baby's colon is taxed and it sounds like from YOUR diet. Watch what you eat for your baby's sake. Start taking MUCUS BUSTER FORMULA and DHERBS 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Her face is breaking out because her colon is not working. The skin is the largest organ of elimination so the skin is being used to help the baby eliminate!

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    Q: I am a woman who happens to be diabetic and now I am pregnant. I would like to know what foods I should eat and restrain from while I am still pregnant. I am also taking insulin to keep my blood sugar levels low enough as not to harm my baby. They are telling me I need to eat dairy and meat to meet the dietary requirements for a healthy baby. Please help me.

    A:

    Congratulations on your pregnancy. New life is such a wonderful thing!

    We recommend that you drink our Pancreas tea (1-2 cups a day).

    Eat plenty of cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Abstain from dairy products and meat products. If anything, eat meat-less (vegan) alternatives -- you can find plenty in our Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual ($11).

    Eat plenty of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. You can eat steamed vegetables and brown and/or wild rice (with vegan chicken if you like). Just switch meat for vegan products and switch to non-dairy products or dairy alternatives (which can be found in the Alternative Diet and Lifestyle manual) in order to receive the necessary nutrition without any harmful side effects.

    For great nutrition for your baby, we recommend the following Dherbs formulas: PRE-NATAL FORMULA, VITAMIN C FORMULA, ELECTRIC GREENS, and Iodine Formula.

    For natural sugar, try Stevia, Agave Nectar, and/or Grade B maple syrup.

     

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    Q: I purchased the children's detox and received it a couple of days ago. After reading the pamphlet that came with it, I was wondering where/what kind of milk can I purchase for my baby while she is on the detox? For example it said almond, soy, rice milk... can I buy the regular boxed almond, soy, rice milk? Or if I am going to use coconut milk, can I use the canned coconut milk?

    A:

    Yes, you can use almond, coconut, or any other nut milk. We do not reccomend soy.

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    Q: I am the mother of a 2 yr old that suffers from eczema terribly. Not only does she have eczema she suffers from a host of food allergies. My baby also is very emotional and hyper sensitive. I have worked with herbalists in the past that seemed to help. Doing my research I learned that they were not really helping me but keeping my baby hooked on their remedies instead of teaching me how to keep my baby strong. I don't have a problem purchasing remedies, but this person was upwards of 200-300 per month. I am a single mother and cannot afford that. I have looked into your products and would like to begin my daughter on a regiment that would help her. Right now my daughter is suffering from severe itching of her legs, arms, everywhere and it happens mostly at night or when she feels she has not had her way. Help!!!!!

    A:

    All understanding of healing begins with knowledge and healing itself begins in the mind. See your child well and the child will get well. Check out our MENTAL SCIENCE MANUAL. Good reading! Please read our article on "ECZEMA" and "SKIN DISORDER = BLOOD DISORDER" in our articles section. It's not so much about taking products but modifying the diet. Most children with eczema are fed a horrible and poor diet rich in meat, dairy products, refined grains, etc. that only exacerbates the problem. Rub the child's skin down with Shea Butter. Alternate with our HEALING SKIN OIL. The child's bed should be draped in the color blue, the antidote to the color red, the color of burning inflammation. bed sheets, spread, pillows, etc should be blue or light blue. I'd even paint the walls of the child's bedroom sky blue due to its soothing effect. It's a shame that some herbalists are only about the money. At Dherbs, we are all about education which is why our site is laced with so much information. Stay positive and optimistic!

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    Q: What are your diet and supplement recommendations for a baby that has Candida - 17 months old? She can only eat meat/eggs/low carb vegetables (no sugar, starch, fruit, corn or potato). Please advise. I bought your Children's detox and elixir products. I haven't given them to her. The mom did have Candida when she was pregnant with the child.

    A:

    By all means, start giving the baby the herbs!

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    Q: I am trying to wean my 11 month old son from breast milk to rice milk. I was told that rice milk did not have sufficient amounts of vitamins. What do suggest that I supplement with the rice milk. He is not tolerant of soy.

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    Please read our article â€ALTERNATIVE INFANT FORMULA MILK†under our Articles section. Your answer(s) is there -- guaranteed!