I used to use Johnson and Johnson products for dd. Not anymore. Why? I looked on the back. I saw ingredients I didn't recognize and googled them. The most shocking: Quaternium-15. What is it? A formaldehyde releaser. What is formaldehyde? According to the US Dept. of Labor website: Formaldehyde is classified as a human carcinogen and has been linked to nasal and lung cancer, with possible links to brain cancer and leukemia. Short-term exposure to formaldehyde can be fatal. Long-term exposure to low levels of formaldehyde may cause respiratory difficulty, eczema, and sensitization. I also found Q-15 in other bath products and her diaper wipes. I literally was sick. UGH.
I home make all of her food because the sugar, preservatives, and pesticides are ridiculous. I am also not paying $1 per jar for organic.
Then there are bottles. BPA bottles. According to its critics, BPA mimics naturally occurring estrogen, a hormone that is part of the endocrine system, the body's finely tuned messaging service. "These hormones control the development of the brain, the reproductive system and many other systems in the developing fetus," says Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D., a developmental biologist at the University of Missouri. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals can duplicate, block or exaggerate hormonal responses. "The most harm is to the unborn or newborn child," vom Saal says.
Then there is infant formula. Organic formula they say...BULL. The only organic ingredient is the cow's milk. Everything else is the same. That is, except the sugar. There is table sugar in it, in massive amounts. It is so sweet...no wonder babies love it. Pediatricians were shocked when they learned of the type of sugar as well as the amounts of sugar in it.
Then there is the FDA's hand in it all. Do they regulate formula? Yes. Do they enforce anything? No. Do they check formula batches prior to it being shipped out? NO. Why? Formula cannot be sterilized due to how it is processed. There was even a case recently in Europe where an infant died (it happens here too) because she was fed contaminated formula. The judge ruled in favor of the formula company. Why you ask? Because on the formula bottle it tells parents it cannot be sterilized. The judge even said, deaths from formula "should be accepted and expected" due to the fact that it cannot be sterilized.
Then there is the DHA and ARA in some formula. DHA and ARA are fatty acids found in breast milk. Formula companies wanted to make their formula seem closer to breast milk and started marketing this, they still are. What is wrong with this? Martek (the formula company)assumes that because ARA and DHA are present in human milk that the digestion and absorption of DHA and ARA from their lipids will be the same as that from human milk. Even though Martek acknowledges some adverse effects in the highest doses tested in rats, such as significant liver enlargement, spleen enlargement, possible effects on the kidney and a change in blood chemistries, Martek concludes that these are not adverse toxicological findings related to its fatty acids. Although there have been reports of increased SIDS in those who consumed formula supplemented with fish oils, Martek claims that none of the SIDS deaths were related to dietary treatment.
FDA noted that studies have reported unexpected deaths among infants consuming these supplemented formulas. The deaths were attributed to SIDS, sepsis and necrotizing enterocolitis. Other studies have reported adverse effects such as diarrhea, flatulence, jaundice and apnea. Also the FDA noted that Marek had not taken into account that the bioactive DHA and ARA in human milk are part of a complex matrix, including various forms of fatty acids and that the physiological relationships are not accounted for by the simple addition of the Martek lipid mixture to infant formula.
Not to mention that the FDA was not notified of the change to Martek's formula adding the fatty acids, which is against the law. However, Martek is facing NO legal action from the FDA at all.
Why aren't babies given a higher standard? If any group deserves the best we have to offer, it is our babies and children. Yet, they have to deal with these sub-standard products. It infuriates me.