Should I be concerned about the melamine found in formula?

Are you concerned about the melamine found in US Infant formula?
I am. I am more concerned the FDA i s downplaying it and not releasing the name of the company. http://tinyurl.com/5nd2rl

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KnoxvilleDoula

Asked by KnoxvilleDoula at 11:14 PM on Nov. 25, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I'd be very concerned, as the brands that were tested contained it and the FDA did not test ALL brands. They also sat on the information and it took a Freedom of Information Act request by a news outlet to actually get the information out to parents.

    Melamine is not the only chemical in formula, and sadly it's not the most dangerous thing that formula contains.
    Gruntlings

    Answer by Gruntlings at 5:41 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • they are saying that there is 0.137 parts per million. they are saying that is a trace amount and to not stop feeding the formula to the babies. they say that if you stop feeding it to them you are over reacting. The types of formula are Enfamil with Lipil and Nestle’s Good Start Supreme Infant Formula with Iron. My daughter is 11 months old, and she is drinking the L:ipil. She is able to have the D milk at this age. i am going to give her the D milk till the FDA decides wheather or not its ok.
    I am extremely concerned! This scares me!
    Jessica
    JessicaRangel

    Answer by JessicaRangel at 11:51 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • Um, I wasn't aware that it was U.S. formula that they found it in! Are you SURE of the brands (Enfamil and Nestle)? I feed my son the generic Target brand of lactose-free formula. Is there any way to find out if it is safe?
    Iskkra

    Answer by Iskkra at 12:05 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • my kids are older, so it's not a direct issue for me. besides, I breastfed so that stucff could be made out of lead and pcb's and it wouldn't affect my kids lol
    one more reason to encourage people to bf I guess.
    teri4lance

    Answer by teri4lance at 12:17 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • Go to the FDA.gov website and keep reading the updates, I have heard 3 different formulas mentioned already.
    Keep in mind, also, the FDA is the one who for YEARS has said BPA was just fine for babies. When the China scandal of infant formula hit the news, the FDA quietly began checking US formulas -- and there it was, although in much lower doses. Does a lower dose make it ok, though? Just because THOUSANDS of babies are not in the hospital with disease and dying?
    KnoxvilleDoula

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 12:19 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • oh and i do not intend this as a breastfeeding vs formula debate. I was a formula fed baby due to being adopted -- so we all know breast is best but let's figure out what to do for the babies on formula now.
    KnoxvilleDoula

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 12:20 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • I agree...I breastfeed my baby as well, but there are times I can't and for that I keep around a can of formula...when I read that my heart dropped...What do they mean it's not enough to harm a baby. To me...any amount is harmful especially if they give so much over a certain amount of time. It must be an issue to make someone want to do the research in the first place. Last I checked they weren't disclosing the brands of formula. I'll have to keep updated. I have given him enfamil and I have an unopened can for when he needs it but I mainly feed him Similac Advanced. I think the FDA downplays a lot of harmful things for our kids...Besides the government has to make money some how and healthcare is the best way to do it!
    britni11

    Answer by britni11 at 12:58 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • actually, if you go to the fda website, none of the brands mentioned above are there:

    http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/melamine.html

    in addition, they say that they believe there is NO safe amount of melamine in infant's formula, although amounts less than 2.5 ppm in other foods do not pose a health risk.
    mandilovell

    Answer by mandilovell at 1:04 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • Right, the FDA is not mentioning a brand as of last time I checked. They also say it's ok but as mandilovell points out, they don't believe there is a SAFE amount. ??? *scratches head.

    Sounds like BPA all over again.
    KnoxvilleDoula

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 1:35 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • Extremely, and my children are past the point of formula. It is very disturbing.
    Fiveofakind2

    Answer by Fiveofakind2 at 1:37 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

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