The current melamine scare in U.S. formula like Enfamil, Good Start, and Similac — and the FDA’s weak response in reassuring parents that these formula products are safe — concern me greatly.
Since Daniel’s first few weeks of life, he’s been on Enfamil LIPIL (the AR version until he didn’t spit up as much anymore, and then regular LIPIL), at first to supplement breastmilk but quickly thereafter as his sole source of food and liquid until he started taking solids. Even then, his remaining bottle feedings were still Enfamil LIPIL until he could take whole milk, after his first birthday. And even *then* I was still giving him the Next Step version of LIPIL for the vitamins and minerals because Daniel’s such a finicky eater that he would prefer to live off of Gerber Crunchies, Gerber Puffs, and mashed potatoes if I let him. Fortunately, he’s doing fine — hearty, hale, and thriving.
But because of this current scare — even with Enfamil’s manufacturer’s attempt to assuage parental worry — I’ve decided to phase out the toddler formula and go with certain products to make sure his nutritional needs — especially for vitamins (especially for vitamins A, all of those B’s, and C), minerals (especially calcium and iron), protein, DHA, and fiber are met:
1) Horizon Organic Whole Milk with DHA — happily, easily found at the local grocery store.
2) Any whole grain iron-fortified baby oatmeal cereal, like Earth’s Best — also easily found at the local grocery store.
3) Any whole grain waffles (for breakfast) — ditto about the grocery store.
3) YoBaby Plus Fruit and Cereal, both Iron and DHA versions — ditto as above.
4) Childlife Multivitamin and Mineral Liquid, for those days when Daniel really *isn’t* eating/drinking anything other than milk, water, Crunchies, Puffs, and mashed potatoes — only found online.
Thankfully, Daniel doesn’t mind mooshed, steamed/boiled veggies and shredded/minced meat in his mashed potatoes, which makes dinner time very easy. In fact, his Thanksgiving dinner today at the grandparents’ house was mashed potatoes, broccoli, and roast turkey, with a dessert of YoBaby and Gerber Puffs. Mmm-mmm good! (Unfortunately, he’s still diffident towards fruit that *isn’t* in puree or sauce form, hence the continuation of jarred baby food versions of fruit to mix with his baby cereal, but that’s another issue.)
Luckily, Daniel is old enough that he doesn’t need formula to meet his nutritional needs. But for those parents who, for one reason or another, can’t solely offer breastmilk for that first year and thus rely on formula for their babies, their fear and anger against the FDA and the Big Three of U.S. infant formula makers run rampant throughout the parenting blogs and discussion boards.
I feel for them, even though I’m trying to keep an even, rational view on this, like this blogger. But when it comes to babies — well, there’s a reason why one of the most dangerous animals out there is a mama bear, protecting her cub.
*Damn*, I don’t want my country to be another China, with immoral businessmen and incompetent government regulators, *especially* when it comes to the safety of our kids!
::very big, very weary mom-sigh::