On Nutrition: Infant formula do’s and don’ts – Duluth News Tribune

With the latest recall and subsequent scarcity of sure toddler formulation, mother and father are scrambling to search out acceptable alternate options. Are there any?

For mothers who breastfeed their infants, carry on nursing. Breastfeeding solely for the primary 6 months of life supplies the most effective diet and well being safety for infants.

From 6 to 12 months, mother’s milk needs to be complemented with the sluggish addition of strong meals. Youngsters are then prepared for cow’s milk by 1 12 months of age.

For varied causes, nevertheless, many infants from beginning to 12 months require toddler components to satisfy their dietary wants throughout this vital time of life. What are these mother and father to do if no components is on the market?

One factor is obvious, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Do not make or feed your toddler selfmade components. There is an excessive amount of likelihood for selfmade varieties to lack important vitamins or comprise the unsuitable steadiness of necessary substances that might trigger severe penalties.

You additionally don’t wish to dilute components with water to make it last more, consultants say. An imbalance of an excessive amount of water and too few important vitamins can result in harmful seizures and different issues in infants.

Although many toddler formulation are made with cow’s milk that has been specifically processed to resemble breast milk, it’s not a good suggestion to substitute common cow’s milk for components, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. Before 1 12 months of age, cow’s milk is just too excessive in protein and might be onerous on younger kidneys. That’s why they suggest components as a substitute of cow’s milk for the primary 12 months of life.

So what are the alternate options when components is in brief provide? Here are some concepts:

Contact your youngster’s pediatrician. They might have spare components available or can advise you on a secure various components in the interim.

Contact your native meals financial institution, public well being division, or WIC (Women, Infants and Children) workplace for help.

If your toddler is near a 12 months of age, formulation made for toddlers could also be a secure various. Check together with your pediatrician first, nevertheless.

In an actual pinch, the AAP lately (and cautiously) permitted cow’s milk for a short time period (not a couple of week) in infants who’re 7 to 12 months of age. Because cow’s milk doesn’t comprise as a lot iron as toddler components, be certain that to feed your toddler loads of iron-containing meals equivalent to meat or iron-fortified cereals, say these consultants.

Soy milk fortified with calcium and vitamin D is perhaps an alternative choice for infants near 1 12 months of age however once more, not for a couple of week. Do keep away from almond and different plant-based milks, nevertheless; they’re too low in protein and different vitamins important for child’s well being.

Barbara Intermill is a registered dietitian nutritionist and authorized diabetes educator affiliated with the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Email her at to 

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