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Melamine

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An organic base and a trimer of cyanamide

Melamine is combined with formaldehyde to produce melamine resin, a very durable thermosetting plastic used in Formica, and melamine foam, a polymeric cleaning product. The end products include countertops, dry … see full wiki

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Another reason to stay away from baby formula.

  • Jan 28, 2010
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As consumers have painstakingly learned in the past few years - the FDA does not always function in the best interest of the people. But when it comes to monitoring what is fed to American babies, you would think they have some sense of decency and a sound conscience, right? Sometimes I wonder what they do there, what is their typical workday, are our tax dollars used wisely to protect the public or does our hard earned money fund their lunches, breaks, and vacations? I don't believe we would have so many undisclosed issues that affect the health and well being of Americans if this government agency was proactive and truly had our best interest in mind - not corporate dollars.

For starters, melamine is a synthetic chemical. It is used in milk and formula as a cheap filler to mimic the proper amount of protein when it is not truly present. All for the sake of profit of course. It can cause kidney stones, death, and other ailments. Last year it was responsible for the death of thousands of U.S. dogs and cats. The question is: how can any amount of melamine be considered safe? Should a substance such as this be present in food at all, moreover infant formula? If the argument is that no matter what, it will be leached into the food from the production line, why aren't there regulations in place that ban any melamine in production equipment so that there is no cross-contamination?

I am glad that for the most part I do not buy 'big brand' foods in the first place, so the contamination is not a concern for our family. But when researching baby formula it was eye opening and shocking to read all the ingredients in the average Similac. That is why we stick to breastfeeding. Most of the contaminated items are processed foods with ingredients you will not be able to pronounce. So if you already made the choice of making your own food from scratch and you invest in organic and/or natural ingredients, then don't be too concerned. My articles are here to inform you, not scare you!

I thought this response in regard to the statement 'FDA approved' by a consumer is ironic and quite appropriate:

"The same FDA that botched the pet food recall? The same FDA that uses company sponsored trials and reports to base their medical/pharmaceutical guidelines on? The FDA that allows carcinogenic chemicals to be used in our beauty products? And babies toys and products? Give me a break. I would never accept the FDA's word or seal of approval for anything."

Melamine in housewares? Fine. Melamine in baby formula? Does anyone have common sense?
Another reason to stay away from baby formula.

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January 28, 2010
I used formula for both of mine, but with the constant scares in food in recently might have altered that (although it would not have been for me to say...since I am not capable of breast-feeding).
January 28, 2010
Thanks for the comment! Yes, for some time formula was accepted as a suitable substitute because people did not know the details. Now that everything is emerging about contaminants, there is a huge movement towards breastfeeding. Though I know sometimes for one reason or another formula is the only option. I actually had to feed formula to my infant for 5 days when she was 2 weeks old because she was diagnosed with a milk protein allergy. I had to eliminate all dairy from my diet before I could resume breastfeeding. Although, to make you feel better, breast milk has all kinds of contaminants in it as well because we live in a polluted environment (water, food, air). So don't feel bad :) I'm sure if the US Public Health officials educated people better on the subject, more women would have breastfed. Fortunately that is all changing, undoubtedly breastfeeding is the only food that can give the nutrients, antibodies, and digestive enzymes that are perfect for an infant. Ok, I'll stop rambling now, I'll just have to write a review on breastfeeding!
 
January 28, 2010
This is a very eye-opening review, Anastasia!  I don't even have kids yet, but long ago, I already decided that I was going to breastfeed, and your review just reaffirms that decision.  Thanks for sharing!
January 28, 2010
You are very welcome :) I encourage you to do that in the future, it creates an amazing bond with your baby, I wouldn't change it for anything!
 
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