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mixing formula

PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:30 pm
by melodie
so does anybody know if its okay to mix formulas. I mean there are obviously some formulas that are better for the baby because they have the DHRA ARA....the good stuff for brain and eye development but they are the most expensive so I was wondering couldn't you buy both the cheeper stuff and the more expensive good suff and then make the bottle half an half? Or does that mess with the formula?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:12 pm
by prettycrazy3769
i personally wouldn't do it. It could really upset their stomach and cause them to throw up the formula.

Re: mixing formula

PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:17 pm
by blue-eden
melodie wrote:so does anybody know if its okay to mix formulas. I mean there are obviously some formulas that are better for the baby because they have the DHRA ARA....the good stuff for brain and eye development but they are the most expensive so I was wondering couldn't you buy both the cheeper stuff and the more expensive good suff and then make the bottle half an half? Or does that mess with the formula?


I don't think mixing formula is a good idea, you'd have to know if the baby can tolerate each type of fomula before doing that. Some babies get sick or too gassy on one brand, but can tolerate another just fine.

Most formulas (if they are the same base ie. cow milk, soy, etc) have pretty much the same ingredients, just in differnet amounts. The generic formulas are usually made by the brand name makers, just the quality of the ingredients isn't as high.

In fact, I found this information last year, but in a different article which I can't find again, got lost when my computer bugged out on me a couple months ago:
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-57785501.html
The main point was that the generic is almost the same as the brand name kind.

Also, about the DHA stuff they add in, it's not advised to use formula that has those ingredients in it. A big controvery came out about those additives - they are not natural, and the way that the stuff is generated and extracted is not approved. The FDA hasn't approved it for infant formula use.
Here is the report, put together by a food policy advocacy group:
http://cornucopia.org/DHA/DHA_FullReport.pdf

What is troublesome, however, is that some infant formulas contain DHA- and ARA-containing oils that are novel foods—extracted from laboratory-grown fermented algae and fungus and processed utilizing a toxic chemical, hexane. These algal and fungal oils provide DHA and ARA in forms that are structurally different from those naturally found in human milk. These manufactured oils are known as DHASCO and ARASCO, which stand for docosahexaenoic acid single cell oil and arachidonic acid single cell oil.

These oils are produced by Martek Biosciences Corporation and appear to be added to infant formula primarily as a marketing tool designed to convince parents that formula is now “as close as ever to breast milk.” Substantiating this thesis is a Martek investment promotion from 1996, which reads as follows: “Even if [the DHA/ARA blend] has no benefit, we think it would be widely incorporated into formulas, as a marketing tool and to allow companies to promote their formula as ‘closest to human milk.'”

Scientists have conducted numerous studies that show little or no benefit to an infant’s development from adding DHASCO and ARASCO to infant formula. Overall, research results are inconsistent and inconclusive. Meanwhile, the formula companies have advertised aggressively in an attempt to convince parents that their DHA/ARA formula provides the same nutrients, and therefore the same benefits, as breast milk.

A former employee for the Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in Texas explains: “Since they added these oils to formula, many new mothers seem to believe that formula is just as good for their babies as breast milk. It became much harder for us at WIC to convince mothers to breastfeed when formula ads claim that formula is as close as ever to breast milk.”
Mainstream web sources on DHA and ARA offer little reassurance. The Food and Drug Administration's FAQ page about infant formula says there is mixed evidence of short term benefit and no evidence of long term benefit. FDA says systematic monitoring is not in place to assess risks and benefits in countries where these addititives have been used, and the agency has asked formula makers to do postmarket surveillance of infants who consume these additives.


SO don't worry about spending the big bucks to buy the formula with these additives, your LO might be better off without them. You can definitley feel ok with just buying regular formula, and not worrying about the "fancy" stuff :)

PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:47 pm
by Luv2Skydive
OMG, I had no idea about any of that Blue Eden! 8O

So much for moms being able to make informed decisions when all the info isn't even being given to them. :mad:

PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:00 pm
by blue-eden
I know, it's not something you'd hear about in the local news.

I did post about this when the cornucopia study first came out, but in the BF forum where people don't use formula anyway usually.


It's the main reason I don't take Expecta anymore during pregnancy. I took it with M, but now I take regular old fish oil supplements, because the Expecta is made by one of the formula companies, so I assumed they used the same chemically processed "dha" additive, and I don't want to put that in my body while I'm growing a new life.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:13 pm
by Luv2Skydive
So how do they get away with calling it DHA and ARA and instead of DHASCO and ARASCO? :?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:18 pm
by blue-eden
I guess, right now, it's just lack of regulation. :cry:

PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:24 pm
by Luv2Skydive
That really ticks me off for the FF mamas!!! Thank you so much for posting that info. I will certainly pass it on to anyone I know who is trying to decide which formula to use. :wink:

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