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    Default In vitro study finds digested formula, but not breast milk, is toxic to cells

    Interesting study just published has implications for premature babies and other at risk term babies. Seems like a case for more use of donor milk to me.

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    This microscopic image of cells shows the effects of breast milk vs. infant formula digestion. Cells are alive and healthy after the digestion of breast milk (top row) with only one cell having any deformation. In contrast, the cells in the bottom row all ruptured after being exposed to the digestion of infant formula.
    (Photo Credit: Alexander Penn, Department of Bioengineering, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, 2012. Blue tint added for visual clarity.)

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    Wow this is really really interesting! I am super understanding of women who don't breastfeed - I had to wean at 6 months due to overwhelming difficulties breastfeeding - but this really does make me think we need another option. I used a homemade formula which was wonderful, but I hope that donor milk can also become more normal and accepted as well. Why not allow women to be "wet nurses" and get paid to donate milk? I'm not sure if that is a solution but it seems a possibility to me... make it cheaper than formula and everyone wins...

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    Geez way to make women who formula feed feel bad...nice.

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    The title of the thread says formula is toxic to cells, the post then adds breast milk cells are "healthy" and formula cells are "deformed". Sounds a bit like an attack to me. The OP has every right to share information but can't expect not to offend anyone by it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxerDogLover View Post
    Geez way to make women who formula feed feel bad...nice.
    Honestly I don't understand this comment... how is sharing scientific evidence a bad thing? Don't we need to make informed choices regarding our children - or would you rather just not know?

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    Default In vitro study finds digested formula, but not breast milk, is toxic to cells

    The study also recommends producing a special formula for prem babies based on these results, for women who can't breastfeed - potentially saving lives.

    Please let's not put personal feelings above babies' health

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    Quote Originally Posted by changethestars View Post
    Wow this is really really interesting! I am super understanding of women who don't breastfeed - I had to wean at 6 months due to overwhelming difficulties breastfeeding - but this really does make me think we need another option. I used a homemade formula which was wonderful, but I hope that donor milk can also become more normal and accepted as well. Why not allow women to be "wet nurses" and get paid to donate milk? I'm not sure if that is a solution but it seems a possibility to me... make it cheaper than formula and everyone wins...
    Isn't it! I love hearing about stuff like this. Just like eating whole food compared to processed food - isn't nature just so awesome!! Unfortunately it seems there are so many barriers to making human milk available. I weaned all of my children to formula at 6 and 9 months and just wished there was another option - funnily enough I would have happily allowed a wet nurse to feed my bub


    Would love to hear about your home made formula - I had trouble sourcing all of the ingredients for the weston price one my doctor recommended. Pretty please

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxerDogLover View Post
    The title of the thread says formula is toxic to cells, the post then adds breast milk cells are "healthy" and formula cells are "deformed". Sounds a bit like an attack to me. The OP has every right to share information but can't expect not to offend anyone by it.
    Most people who share information like this have a fear of offending, the last thing they want to do is to offend people. What we have to overcome is that fear because when you get past the fear of offending we can start advocating for the health of those that can't speak for themselves. If formula is harming gut health then we have a duty to improve the situation (by offering more donor milk as a PP has suggested). Gut health is very very important given around 90% of our immune system is contained in the gut.

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    Default Re: In vitro study finds digested formula, but not breast milk, is toxic to cells

    Quote Originally Posted by BoxerDogLover View Post
    Geez way to make women who formula feed feel bad...nice.
    Totally agree.
    I formula feed. I wanted to breastfeed, I tried so hard but in the end it was that traumatic I was told to switch to formula. And reading this just makes me feel like sh!t :-(

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