Special formulas are those in which one of the basic nutrients that is the protein and carbohydrate has been changed to the alternative nutrient that the individual baby may better tolerate. When do formula shopping, you should be sure not to make the change to the specialty formulas without your doctor advice. The specialty formulas:
- They are usually much more expensive.
- Usually they taste bitter to downright bad because of the technology required to the predigest the protein into more easily digestible units that results in a more bitter tasting protein.
- The nutritional quality of the changed or the absent nutrient may be less as compare to the quantity in the standard formulas.
- Much Less is known still about the long term effects of feeding babies the special formulas. In the other words, all of the formulas are experimental one , but some of them are more experimental as compare to others.
Lactose free baby formula, the specialty formula:
Here is the most popular lactose free baby formula known as specialty formula:
Lactose free baby formula include Lacto free, Mead Johnson are the examples of new formula products which are driven more by the market demand as compare to scientific sense. Many of the formula fed babies and the breastfed babies too get fussy, that results in what we call the formula parade. Switching from one formula to another one until either something works, suits the baby or the baby’s intestines mature and then he outgrows the problem. Whichever formula you are using at the time it gets the credit. The fact is that often baby fussiness is not due to formula, but to some other unrelated cause. In spite of the fact that the formula gets the blame, so the factories step up with the new varieties to keep up with demand. Hence lactose free baby formulas are there in the market.
Lactose intolerance is over diagnosed in babies as it is in the adults. It is easy to blame the formula, and therefore the lactose for the baby fussiness. Think for a while that if so many of the babies are lactose intolerant, then why would the lactose be the sugar in the human milk? It is the fact that lactose is the constituent of the human milk. The human milk also contains the enzyme known as lactase that helps the babies to absorb the lactose, whereas the formula does not do so. However, the milk lactase does not do the whole job. It seems like that nature would provide intestines of nearly all the babies with enough lactose to get through at least one year or so of milk feeding. Lactose is only present in the dairy products and not in the other food items.
The main difference between the lactose free baby formula is that the lactose sugar has replaced by other sugars. The usually the corn syrup and the sucrose which is the table sugar has replaced the lactose. The protein and the fat blend is the same as in cow milk based formulas. The biochemist that dreams up the formula and believes that the sugar is sugar, and the substituting corn syrup and the sucrose for lactose is not a big deal. The lactose is broken down into the glucose, as are the corn syrup and the sucrose, so it does not matter. The intestines break the lactose down into the two sugars which are galactose and the glucose. Both of the sugars are absorbed into the blood. No one really knows that what the galactose do or why it is the beneficial one. Just like no one knows the whole story about how the body reacts to the sugars from the corn syrup and the sucrose. Now we are back to the non science of the common sense. If the human baby likes as all the mammals do not do better with the galactose. It would not be there in the first place. Milk sugar would have been the pure glucose. Like so many other nutrients in the formula, there is the big one that we do not know about the lactose free formulas.
We are also aware of the fact that the lactose does more as compare to just supplying the energy. The lactose that does not get digested in upper intestine contributes to what called the friendly ecology of the gut. Lactose also helps the healthful bacteria to thrive. Lactose free baby formula not only deprive the baby of the lactose. In addition, they deprive those trillions of the friendly bugs that live in intestines and do good for the body. Moreover, the Lactose also facilitates in the calcium absorption in the gut region, so that babies on the lactose free formulas may have the risk of not getting the enough calcium.
Lactose free baby formula including the soy formulas are often tried when the baby has the symptoms of the lactose intolerance like as the excessive bloating, the gas, the diarrhea, red burn like rashes around the anus, and the abdominal cramping. They are useful for the babies who have rare metabolic diseases where they are missing enzyme that helps in the metabolism of the lactose. That only occurs around one in 65,000 babies. Lactose free baby formula could also be tried in the babies recovering from the diarrhea producing illness and in those who suffer from the temporary lactase deficiency while the intestinal lining is healing up.