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Is there such a thing as "naice" formula?

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Workberk Wed 23-Oct-13 12:58:09

You know, like organic and sustainably made, packaged in recycled eco box etc etc?

Just wondering...

stargirl1701 Wed 23-Oct-13 13:02:41

Donor breastmilk?

BeanoNoir Wed 23-Oct-13 13:04:11

Hipp organic? Not sure if it's any different to other infant milks on the market but it says organic on it and it comes in a box, so that's 2 of your criteria.

filee777 Wed 23-Oct-13 13:05:41

Hipp organic and either buy one of the containers for it (the cardboard boxes are crap) or nick a less 'organic' friends empty formula pot. Thats what I did

They are definitely better, the poo that comes out of the babies is far more natural IMO

Workberk Wed 23-Oct-13 13:11:27

I'm just curious really, I'm BFing now but thinking of stopping some feeds and switching. But I've never heard of anyone feeding anything other than C&G, Aptamil or SMA.

Workberk Wed 23-Oct-13 13:12:40

Thanks filee - interesting.

Did a quick google and found some others but they're all USA based.

gamerchick Wed 23-Oct-13 13:16:20

You could make your own.

BikeRunSki Wed 23-Oct-13 13:16:25

I was also going to say hipp. Used to buy it online for ds (now 5) but was in supermarkets by the time I was getting it for dd (now 2).0

5madthings Wed 23-Oct-13 13:19:41

Hipp is organic, but other than that they are all much the same, the ingredients are regulated so they all have to have pretty much the same stuff in them.

Some brands are actually made by the same company, aptimil also make a cheaper one, they have the same ingredients but are just marketed differently in different packaging etc, diff target market.

ZippityDoodahday Wed 23-Oct-13 13:21:27

Hipp uses supposedly aggressive marketing tactics. No, I don't think any formula is 'naice'. All formulas (except soya) is cow's milk. They are all pretty much the same, all with approximately 40 chemically altered & added ingredients. All the main UK brands have recently been tested to contain 100 times more aluminium than tap water is legally permitted to have.
I mix fed for a short period with ds2 & sorely regret it after researching all the facts on infant feeding.Human milk is the only 'naice' milk for human babies.

poocatcherchampion Wed 23-Oct-13 13:42:03

great marketing by hipp there!

CackleCackle Wed 23-Oct-13 14:21:02

What Zippity said.

NothingsLeft Wed 23-Oct-13 14:33:07

Also agree with Zippity.

Having known nothing about infant feeding before DS I was shocked when I started to look into it.

Chemicals and processing aside, formula still contains things like bovine insulin which is being linked to the diabetes epidemic.

Shenanagins Wed 23-Oct-13 15:01:59

All formulas if made correctly are perfectly safe to use. However, if you are successfully bf then try to really think through your reasons for introducing a bottle as it's much more of a faff.

If you still want to introduce a bottle you could try expressing milk. Otherwise i believe all formula is much the same although i am much too scared to switch to a cheaper brand from aptamil!

Midori1999 Wed 23-Oct-13 16:04:02

Aptamil is marketed as a 'premium' brand and priced accordingly, but its true there's not much difference between brands.

My biggest problem with formula is the severe lack of ethics (and that's being polite) that surround formula manufacturers. Nestlé and Danone are particularly well known for their poor ethics in this area, although all formula companies use aggressive and unethical marketing practices. For that reason alone, I would never buy formula unless it was an absolute medical necessity and donor breastmilk wasn't available.

Workberk Wed 23-Oct-13 16:55:35

Midori that's an issue for me too.

Thanks for the info all.

I don't eat meat and only buy certain milk myself (organic, unhomogenised, from a small local herd) where possible so ideally I would keep the same standards for DS.

But I have returned to work and really am not enjoying expressing so interested in alternatives. I think my supply is dipping too.

What did you all give your children at age 1? Cows milk? DS is 10mo so maybe I could just get through the next few months and go on to that...

leedy Wed 23-Oct-13 17:59:31

Planned for DS1 to have cow's milk at a year but he wasn't interested - just BF morning and evening and water during the day. He's fully weaned now and still doesn't drink milk, though does eat other dairy.

NothingsLeft Wed 23-Oct-13 18:12:45

DS is allergic to dairy so I just BF morning and evening. He's 18 months never had cows milk.

mrsmartin1984 Wed 23-Oct-13 18:36:25

Formula is made in the same way. They all have the same environmental impact. The word "organic" is just thrown around on packaging. It doesn't mean that the product is any better (look at baby food)

The only environmentally friendly way to feed a baby is to breast feed.

AHardDaysWrite Wed 23-Oct-13 19:27:50

At 10m I went back to work and just fed in the mornings and evenings. DS had water during the day. It was fine and I fed him until 18m with no problems - I would have carried on but we were ttc no2.

hazchem Thu 24-Oct-13 08:42:14

Are you still feeding him as his main source of milk? I think that you can give cows milk to under ones provided it's not the main milk. I took that to mean feeding a few times from breast but could have a cup or so of cows milk a day.

mrsmartin1984 Thu 24-Oct-13 10:17:55

No, you can use cows milk in cooking. The only drink you should give babies other then milk before one is water.

Cows milk does not have the right balance of nutrients for younger babies. And giving it will stop them drinking more breastmilk/formula which has

weebarra Thu 24-Oct-13 10:24:47

I have to give up bf my 2 month old as I'm starting chemo next week. Is there any way I can access donor milk?

5madthings Thu 24-Oct-13 10:32:46

Ask on places like the leaky boob and analytical armadillo (on fb) as there are some milk bnaks that ,at be able to help and some private set ups, obviously you will need to find out about testing etc if the donors.

I am not sure it is down much in the UK, assuming you are UK based? And it may be a pita to organise, which if you are going to be having chemotherapy, with lots of hospital visits/side effects may just be one stress to much? At least with formula you can stock up, order it to be delivered to your door etc.

Not trying to put you off, just things to be aware of, hope your treatment goes well weebarra xx

weebarra Thu 24-Oct-13 13:13:12

You are probably right 5madthings, I have more than enough going on as it is, formula is not poison, chemical laced breastmilk would be!

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