Breast feeding offers advantages that formula can’t.
In spite of how much you want to breastfeed, or perhaps in part because of how much you want it, for many women breastfeeding causes so much anxiety they are driven to quit.
The fact is, the more a woman anticipates breastfeeding, the more the actual act may trigger anxiety. Playtex calls it “The two-month dip.” I promise to share diet-tips for minimizing anxiety in a future post. Meanwhile, I hope this post will serve to strengthen resolve.
If you are like most of my patients, you know that quitting eliminates the immune system boosting antibodies that reduce the risk of infections. However I know few women who were aware that formula contains potent toxins. The FDA falsely assures you, me, and your doctor that infant formula is safe. So safe, in fact, that you should never make your own.
On the one hand, I fear the information you are about to read may add fuel to the anxiety fire and, because of this, I promise that a near-future post will discuss natural ways to reduce your anxiety. On the other hand, I have not seen this discussed elsewhere and it is so important I feel it needs to be shared right away. So here goes.
Formula fed babies are prone to inflammatory health conditions.
Within a few weeks of stopping breastmilk and starting premade, brand-name cow’s milk or soy formula, I’ve found that some babies develop blotchy pink skin rashes on the face and upper body. These rashes are outward signs of inflammation that is likely to affect other organs of the body, including the brain.The inflammation occurs after swtiching from breastmilk to formula because even organic infant formulas are typically made with low-quality cheap ingredients whose manufacture necessarily contaminates them with aluminum and trans fats.
Infant formula contains huge quantities of aluminum.
In doing my recent article on the potential link between aluminum-containing vaccines and autism I wanted to find out exactly how much aluminum a child would get from all the vaccines injected at age 2 months, and compare it to the amount of aluminum a baby would get from other sources.
Aluminum hazards from baby’s 2 month vaccines versus other sources:
Vaccines: up to 2,125 mcg (depends on brand of vaccine administered) — over 50 times higher than FDA safety levels!
Breastmilk: 50 mcg/L
Cow’s milk formula: 400 mcg/L
Soy formula: 2346 mcg/L
Aluminum promotes inflammation.
Aluminum has been found to promte inflammation of the following body systems:
Our circulatory system (arteries and veins)
The immune system
The bone marrow
The skeletal system
Aluminum is added to vaccines intentionally to induce inflamation so that the vaccine takes effect, so the idea that aluminum promotes inflammation is hardly controversial.
How can the FDA assure us that infant formula is safe when it is so loaded with aluminum?
The FDA considers injected aluminum, also known as “parenterally administered” aluminum, a potential health hazard. But these public officials do not seem to question the effects of aluminum that we eat. The FDA limit of exposure for aluminum in parenterally administered nutrition (TPN) is quite low, 25 mcg/liter. However, the aluminum content of food does not appear regulated at all, and all five major forms of aluminum (called aluminum salts) show up on their GRAS (generally regarded as safe) list, found here.
The FDA’s current position on aluminum in food seems unsupportable. I have studied toxicology at the graduate level and cannot fathom why, if we believe aluminum to be harmful when administered parenterally, it would be safe when eaten. To my knowledge none of the various forms of aluminum found on the planet that could be toxic when used in TPN would be somehow rendered safe by the process of digestion. We know this is not the case with lead. Lead is a metal cation much like aluminum, though lower on the periodic table of elements than aluminum and therefore less abundant. Lead is known to be harmful no matter how it gets into the body.
Soy, Canola, and other Vegetable Oils In Formula Contain TRANS Fats
Another toxin in formula are the trans fats. I discuss the hazards of trans fat from soy and/or Canola oils, both often used as the source of essential fat in infant formula, in Chapter 8 of Deep Nutrition. For information on why these harmful fats are never revealed on infant formula, read this post. And to make sure your healthy dinner salad won’t contaminate your own breastmilk wil trans fat, click here.
By learning to make your own baby formula from scratch, not only do you avoid feeding your baby the three most common highly processed ingredients all of us should avoid, you also reduce exposure to massive amounts of aluminum.
The best information on making infant formula can be found on the Weston A Price website here. One caveat: Avoid sunflower oil. Even when expeller pressed, this oil is almost always refined and will therefore contain trans fats. Instead, I recommend using an unrefined omega-6-rich oil, such as unrefined sesame or grapeseed oil. Don’t skip this step because, as is true of omega-3, omega-6 is an essential fat your baby must have.
My purpose here is not to make any woman feel bad about yesterday’s choices! I hope this information will help any woman actively struggling with the gentle art of breastfeeding make an even more informed choice tomorrow.
Why a great first step is to change from iron fortified formula to non-fortified unless your baby has been diagnosed with iron deficiency (I guest-posted at Food Renegade, one of my favorite sites).
I discuss new insights into the autistic mind in this post.
And Sean Croxton and I discuss some of the controversial theories on the cause of autism on his Underground Wellness postcast here.