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Do you give powdered milk to your baby? Beware of these side effects!

While a lot of brands are available these days that have very popular infant milk formulas and powdered milk to boost of, are these really that safe?

Most parents are used to giving powdered milk or baby formula to babies, as soon as the first few months are past. Some parents exclusively breastfeed baby for six months before starting on baby formula or powdered milk as a weaning choice.

Some parents offer these to the baby even earlier, for various reasons such as insufficient breast milk, unable to feed through the day or any other reason.

While a lot of brands are available these days that have very popular infant milk formulas and powdered milk to boost of, are these really that safe?

5 health risks of giving powdered milk to babies

1. Takes longer to digest

Baby formula or powdered milk contains a higher amount of casein (which is a type of protein) and takes longer for your baby’s sensitive digestive tract to digest. This may mean that your baby seems fuller for longer, and you too can easily avoid feeding your baby at very regular intervals. However, this can put a strain on your baby’s digestive system.

2. Can trigger allergies

While many babies can easily digest powdered milk or formula, some babies can get a severe allergic reaction to the same. This is especially true for babies who may be allergic to the cow’s milk protein that is in the formula. You may notice spotting in baby’s stool or baby could vomit, or be excessively cranky. Sometimes, babies may not show up symptoms easily, and that could be a cause for concern.

3. More prone to risk of environmental poisoning

Babies who are mainly on breastmilk are safer as compared to those who are formula fed. With the air quality getting from poor to worse, babies are at a really high risk of environmental poisoning.

Breastfeeding improves a baby’s ability to fight off these dangers, while those who are more on formula feeds have lower brain development as well as reduced capacity to fight environmental poisoning especially from toxins such as PCBs and dioxins.

4. Higher risk of diabetes and chronic diseases

Formula feeding increases a baby’s risk of developing various chronic diseases later in life, especially such as type 1 diabetes and various bowel related diseases such as celiac diseases as well as inflammatory bowel disease

5. Higher risk of asthma

Various medical studies have stated that babies who are formula fed have a significantly higher risk of contracting asthma, wheezing or other breathing difficulties, as much as 40 to 50 percent higher risk, as compared to those who are exclusively breastfed and then introduced to healthy and fresh foods.

While there can be many reasons why you need to give your baby formula feed or powdered milk, we would suggest you first speak to your baby’s doctor and then select one that you feel is best. Also, keep an eye on your baby to check for any signs of discomfort. If you notice anything out of the normal, please stop using that particular product and speak to the doctor immediately.

Also Read Baby led weaning: Should you let your baby wean themselves?