There is a commercial on TV right now regarding toddler formula. It is called Enfagrow Next Step. I would like to give you a bit of information so that if you see a commercial like this one and are debating whether or not to give it to your toddler you are armed with all of the facts.
There are known risks in using commercial infant formula or toddler formula and according to the World Health Organization it is mandated that parents are informed about the hazards associated with unnecessary or improper use of formula. You can read the information for yourself here. It is viable information because this is how we can make an educated decision.
There are always reasons why someone might not be able to breastfeed. I am not saying that everybody no matter what should breastfeed. However, there are wonderful home recipes for infant formula that can provide wonderful nutritional benefits to your children versus using a commercial grade formula.
Here are a few of the risks associated with commercial formulas:
- A higher risk of allergy and asthma
- Reduced cognitive development
- Higher risk of childhood cancers
- Higher instances of gastrointestinal problems
- Higher instances of breast cancer and ovarian cancer (for the mother who doesn’t get to breastfeed)
When you are looking at your food whether liquid or solid you should try to keep it as close to its natural form. When our food and drink is processed in any way it is taken away from its original form and is diluted. Other components are added to preserve it and fortify it. There is a lot of compromise done to the internal neurological working of our human body by fortified ingredients.
It is important to take a step back when watching a commercial that says it is healthy and features a brain. You should always research and educate yourself diligently so you can understand what you are giving to your child. Your baby’s brain has a tremendous amount of growth that will be done by the age of three. Your child needs good nutrition. Nutrition is important to promote healthy brain connection.