Can modified Infant formulas (breast milk substitutes) do harm ?

Yes.

Breastfeeding is best for mother and baby. But for various reasons, it is not possible to breast feed. So Infant formulas (breast milk substitutes) are widely used.

These infant formulas are often modified in the hope of making them equivalent to breast milk.

A recent study analysing data from multiple studies reports that modified infant formulas are not better.

The study worryingly suggests potential harm from infant formulas supplemented with long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs).

Mimicking nature doesn’t always work !

Reference

BMJ. Effect of nutritionally modified infant formula on academic performance: linkage of seven dormant randomised controlled trials to national education data
BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj-2021-065805 (Published 11 November 2021)
Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:e065805

BMJ. Enriched formula milks and academic performance in later childhood
BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2661 (Published 11 November 2021)
Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2661

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