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Comments on U.S. Food Policy: How safe and effective are DHA and ARA additives in infant formula?

Updated: 2018-03-18T22:43:09.155-04:00


to elaborate more on aprils coment regarding babys...


to elaborate more on aprils coment regarding babys only formula: Babys only formula has linolenic acid and linoleic acid. for full term infants and older through adult these acids facilitate the bodys natural ability to produce its own natural dha and ara. after doing weeks of researche on a variety of the markets infant formulas i found that only the babys only formula has both of these acids. why give your baby a formula with chemically processed dha and ara if there is even a slight chance it could be harmful??? especially for those infants that are exclusively formula fed. thats a lot of processed additives, processed with only God knows what. Why take the chance on a child. Its just not worth it. As far as the food subsidy WIC I'm disgusted that mothers who have financial challenges are forced to give their babies enfamil with dha and ara0 WIC doesn't even worn them of the risks. Mothers regardless of their financial status should be offered the opportunity to choose. WIC should give the vouchers with a maximum on the dollar amount and let the mother choose which formula is best for her baby.

After reading a lot of reports and the debate of D...


After reading a lot of reports and the debate of Dha and ara, it's scary. Some say it's fine and others say it isn't. Where they get these oils is troublesome. I know in Baby's only they get it from eggs. Isn't natural better than from labs? And I know breast milk is better but not everyone is able to do that.

Back in the day, before iron fortified formulas we...


Back in the day, before iron fortified formulas were invented, not every child was iron deficient and most grew up just fine, but then they learned that iron can be very beneficial. Babies were often prematurely given whole milk and turned out "smart". Slowly but surely we're finding that the things we put in our babies can have all sorts of long term effects. There are still tons and tons of stuff missing in formula that breast milk has. There are currently studies being done on the rise in all sorts of mental health illnesses, it wouldn't surprise me if they soon (or not so soon) find out that these illnesses (along with other illness) and be linked back to the diet that was nurturing the developing brain, and the current diet of that brain.

My daughter just had her 3-year well baby visit an...


My daughter just had her 3-year well baby visit and her scores were through the roof. 97th percentile in height and 95th percentile in weight. She is healthy, happy and is well beyond her friends of similar age in cognition and speech. My wife took prenatals with DHA and ARA, we fed my daughter generic (Kirkland brand) formula with DHA and ARA and we currently feed our daughter organic milk and other foods with DHA and ARA. We've never had the problems described in some of these comments. I'm no doctor, nor am I a nutritionist, but perhaps there was something else in those formulas that triggered the diarrhea, or the fact it was simply a new substance in an immature digestive system. I'm as skeptical as they come, so I can't say these supplements were, in fact, the difference maker. There are always unknown variables. However, based on my experice, DHA and ARA SEEMED to have had a very positive effect on our child, and I recommend these supplements to any pregnant woman or mother with a newborn.

I gave my daughter Good Start formula with DHA and...


I gave my daughter Good Start formula with DHA and ARA from the time she was born until she was 12 months old. She never experienced any adverse side affects. SHe is 18- months old now and is healthy and exteremly smart. If the DHA and ARA being put in formulas really is so bad, than wouldn't it have a bad affect on all babies. Maybe some babies are just sensitive to these additives, that doesn't mean it is harmful to all infants. That is just my thought. I would hope that these formula companies would not add DHA and ARA to experiment the affects on our children. That would be terrible.


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I just recently had a child in Dec. 2007. She was ...


I just recently had a child in Dec. 2007. She was put on enfamil lipil and had diarrhea that was really watery and smelled awful. I had be reading online about different formulas and ran across these sites saying that DHA and ARA are not approved by the FDA and that they may actually be harmful instead of helpful to babies. I switched her to regular enfamil not containing these additives and she has not had diarrhea since. I want to know why in the hell the FDA would allow Mead Johnson to market this stuff without any proof that these additives are indeed without question safe for infants. In my opinion all the babies being born in this country are being used like lab rats and my child will not be one of those. I think with all the questions of whether DHA and ARA is actually healty and beneficial it should not be marketed at all. I've also read that the AAP has not made it known where they stand on this matter, could it be that they feel it's not healthy. I think it's a shame how Mead Johnson has put out a product for babies to consume not knowing for certain what damage it could be doing or what good if any it could be doing. I guess if they convince parents that this is better than formula not containing these additives than they will make more money. What a greedy company to put children at risk for unknown side affects just to make money. That's another thing, if all these side affects are known and how these additives are made and that they are not sure of benefits of this formula, I want to know why parents aren't made aware of the full story instead of just the half that's it's "supposed" to be good for them. I know one thing my child will not be a part of the "testing" of this product. I will not buy anything that has these additives for my child to consume.

Thanks, Parke, for covering this important issue o...


Thanks, Parke, for covering this important issue on your blog.

I'd like to add one especially troubling finding: these oils appear to cause diarrhea and gastrointestinal distress in a subset of the infant population. When we sent a Freedom of Information request to the FDA for access to adverse reaction reports, we found that 98 (out of hundreds) of reports could be linked directly to these algal DHA and fungal ARA oils in formula. Here is one example:

“My son began taking Enfamil Next Step Prosobee Lipil formula. He began having severe, explosive diarrhea. His stool was watery, loose, frequent and smelled horrible. He was obviously uncomfortable and gassy and his bottom became quite irritated from all the diarrhea. He had to drink pedialyte to rehydrate and he lost a considerable amount of weight. The diarrhea has lasted almost three months! He has had three stool samples done since December, all showing no sign of infection, bacteria or parasite. I read about the adverse effects that infants were experiencing form the Lipil formula and took him off the Next Step immediately. Today was the first day in three months that he actually had a firm stool with no sign of diarrhea. … My baby is not an experiment. Mead Johnson should be ashamed of itself for allowing this to happen and the FDA should take responsibility for our health and the health of our children.”