Be Cautious While Purchasing Baby Food

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Updated: October 13, 2023
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Be Cautious While Purchasing Baby Food

Around so many advertisements of mixtures and products for complementary children, all manufacturers claim their products have passed the highest quality standards.

The Truth And The Lie About Children's Mixtures:


We are assured by each other that such mixtures do not differ much from breast milk, and some even go so far as to raise the question of the effect of poor ecology on breast milk. The cows, whose milk mixtures are produced, breathe environmentally friendly air, in contrast to the metropolis's inhabitants, so is it not better to pay money for the mixture than to feed the most?


But is there much truth in all these arguments of financially interested producers that industrial food for children passes such quality control that it is cleaner ... mother milk?


The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 1997 was "Breastfeeding is a natural way." Here is what information spread there about this difference between breast milk and mixtures:

  • Baby food is an industrially produced food that undergoes multiple treatments in the process of changing and supplementing cow's milk and converting it into enriched powder. Unsurprisingly, the danger of contamination with harmful bacteria, radioactive and chemical substances, foreign bodies, and insects is proven. In addition, mixed with the powder, water creates an additional risk of infection compared to feeding on the maternal breast.

  • Breast milk is a living substance. The milk of every woman is individually produced for her baby. Moreover, her milk constantly changes - both during one feeding and day by day - to satisfy the child's need for development. When a mother is exposed to pathogenic factors, she produces antibodies to fight them. Maternal antibodies are given to the baby with her breast milk.


Terrible Examples:

  • 1997 - UK: Milumil withdrew from the sale due to infection with Salmonella.

  • 1997 - USA: The Federal Drug and Food Administration withdrew the Nestle mixture due to falsification and production under unsanitary conditions. Its use caused gastrointestinal disorders.

  • 1996 - USA: apple and plum juice Heinz for toddlers was withdrawn because it contained lead above the norm.

  • 1994 - Sri Lanka: customs officers returned a large cargo of Nestle dry mix, imported from Poland due to radioactive contamination!


Industrial pollution means toxic substances, including dioxins and biphenyls, are found in our food, bodies, and the external environment. Due to their wide distribution, they are also found in some cows, breast milk samples, and other pollutants.


However, the benefits of breast milk far outweigh any possible risks and recommend breastfeeding as preferred to any alternative.

One may assume that 20 years have passed since 1997, and perhaps the general trends in the production of mixtures have changed. In the end, are we openly told when they write about the safety of all these products for the health of our children? We will open any children's magazine, and there we will see calming words about "strict control of suppliers and raw material quality," about "multi-level quality control of finished products.


Alas, for these ten years, the producers were in some way advanced, so only in the art of silence about the problems. Here are just a few of the reasons for the reviews of formulas and baby food all over the world since 1997:

  • In the same 1997, 2,141,880 Gerber jars were withdrawn with products for complementary feeding from carrots because of the increased concentration of arsenic.


  • In 1998, 25,760 Heinz cans were withdrawn with complementary foods because of the increased lead concentration.

  • In 1999, 126,456 jars of Heinz "Broccoli, carrots, and cheese" baby food were withdrawn because the product for complementary foods contained pieces of hard plastic.

  • In 2000, after a long disregard for local sanitary services, HiPP withdrew its mixture HA1. The catastrophic excess of heavy metals in the already-sold mixture led to the company receiving claims from several dozen parents whose children developed a disability with renal pathology.

  • In 2001, various mixtures of the Mead Johnson producer responded several times due to packing mistakes, because of which milk-free labels were labeled for products containing milk proteins. Given that products with such markings are bought specifically for children with allergies to milk proteins, it remains to be wondered how many kids suffered from these mistakes.

  • 2002 was full of tragic cases due to mistakes made by the producers of mixtures. At first, 17,358 cans of Portagen mixture of the same manufacturer Mead Johnson were withdrawn because the mixture was infected - in children with poorly developed immunity, this bacterium causes sepsis, meningitis, and necrotizing enterocolitis. The reason for this recall was a child's death due to a disease caused by using an infected mixture. Then, due to infection with the same bacteria, several batches of several mixtures were withdrawn under different names - only 1.5 million cans were produced by Wyeth Nutritionals.

  • In 2006, mixtures in ready-to-use bottles were withdrawn, Similac (200,000 bottles) and Alimentum (100,000 bottles) from the same manufacturer. The cause was a deficiency of vitamin C, which could occur in infants who consumed this mixture for more than 2-4 weeks.


Therefore, let's just be glad that we, nursing our babies, do not have to play a grim lottery with their kids' health, not knowing what exactly can happen in any of the purchased cans of industrial baby food.


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Little Spoon Baby Food 


Baby food from Little Spoon is produced with premium, organic ingredients and is intended to offer a range of nutrients necessary for a baby's growth and development. The business places a strong emphasis on using fresh foods and stays away from the use of artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.


Beech-Nut Baby Food 


Beech-Nut Nutrition focuses on making baby food products. Purees, cereals, snacks, and other baby food products are available. Beech-Nut is renowned for using natural ingredients and less processing in infant food. Real fruits, veggies, and whole grains are included in their recipes.


Cerebelly Baby Food 


Omega-3 fatty acids, iron, choline, and other nutrients crucial for brain function are specifically included in Cerebelly baby food. Their goods have no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or additives and are created from organic fruits, vegetables, and grains.


To bring to light infants a diversity of tastes and promote good eating habits, the company offers a variety of flavors and textures. Since their goods are frequently marketed in pouches, they are useful for feeding while on the go.


Iron-Rich Foods For Babies 


Here are some foods high in iron that are appropriate for infants:

  • Infant cereals with iron added: Iron-fortified rice cereal, oatmeal, or multigrain cereals are frequently suggested as a baby's first food.

  • Meat that has been cooked and mashed, such as beef, chicken, and turkey, is a fantastic source of iron. As your infant becomes accustomed to the texture, start with a tiny amount and increase it gradually.

  • Dark leafy greens: Broccoli, spinach, and cabbage are high in iron. To make them tender for your infant, steam or boil them.

  • Iron-fortified baby cereals are available in addition to infant cereals and are manufactured from grains like wheat or rice.


Baby Food Organic 


Because organic produce has less pesticide content than non-organic food, some parents prefer to feed their infants organic fruits and veggies. However, both natural and conventional products substances in food are substantially below acceptable levels.