There Has Been a MAJOR Breakthrough in Infant Formula!
Deciding the best way to feed a new baby is a very personal choice for a parent. Whether choosing to breastfeed, formula feed, or supplement, every parent or caregiver’s priority is to ensure infants get the best nutrition possible during their first year of life – a critical time for brain development.
For decades, scientists have studied human milk to understand its complexities, and more closely mirror its composition and functionalities for infant formula. The outcome? The first infant formula in the U.S. to add Milk Fat Globule Membrane (MFGM) as an ingredient.
Christina J Valentine and Lucille Beseler joined EverydayFamily’s Shiloh Johnson to tell us more about MFGM and why it is such an important addition to infant formula. See the full interview here:
Milk Fat Globule Membrane (MFGM) is a natural source of proteins and fats that is found in all mammal milk. This brain-building fat-protein blend is clinically shown to help close the gap in cognitive development between formula-fed and breastfed infants. Breastfed babies get MFGM naturally through breast milk. But MFGM hasn’t been in infant formula in an equal dose compared to breast milk until now.
Now, thanks to dairy science capabilities, we can get a natural source of MFGM from dairy scientists and put it into formula at the dose that was used in the studies that showed an equal cognitive outcome in that formula-fed group to the breastfeeding cohort. This launch marks the biggest breakthrough in the infant formula category since the introduction of DHA almost 20 years ago and a major advancement in more closely mirroring the composition and functional outcomes of breast milk.
Research has shown that the right dose of DHA is necessary to provide outcomes that matter for infants who are drinking it in formula. MFGM is similar in that the right dose is critical for infants to receive a positive outcome from it. So, the right dose of MFGM plus the right dose of DHA will do more to provide formula-fed babies with similar outcomes as breast-fed babies.
Breast milk is still the gold standard in infant feeding, and infant formula uses breast milk as inspiration. However, as we all know, there are mothers, caregivers, and parents who, for medical or personal reasons, cannot breastfeed. These people can be assured that their infant is getting the best nutrition possible. Infancy is when babies brains are growing most rapidly, they’ll grow by 175%! So parents and caregivers will want to give their infants a formula that will help give the infant’s brain the best boost possible
Where can you go for more information? To hear more about Enfamil NeuroPro Baby Formula, check out Enfamil.
Christina J. Valentine, MD, MS, RD, FAAP is a Physician-Scientist focused on maternal/infant diet strategies to attenuate inflammation and improve outcomes. She is currently the medical director for Reckitt Benckiser/Mead Johnson Nutrition, North America where she is involved with Product Development and co-leads The Global Human Milk Research Platform. Dr. Valentine is also an active neonatologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and is an Associate Visiting Professor at the University of Cincinnati, where she is the Principal Investigator evaluating maternal docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplementation in early pregnancy to reduce early preterm birth, called The ADORE Trial – “Assessment of DHA on Reducing Early preterm birth.
Lucille Beseler, MS, RDN, is currently president of the Family Nutrition Center of South Florida, which she established in 1991 as one of the first nutrition practices pioneering HMO coverage of nutrition services dedicated to pediatrics. She served as president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics from 2016-2017. Beseler is a graduate of Queens College – City University of New York and earned a master's degree from New York University. She co-authored “Nurturing with Nutrition: The Essential Guide for Feeding Infants and Toddlers” in 2003 and has bylines in publications such as FierceHealthcare.