Commentary - Journal of Nutrition and Human Health (2022) Volume 6, Issue 6
Breastfeeding vs infantformula controversy.
A longstanding issue has been the aggressive advocating of infant formula and the downplaying of breastfeeding within industrialized nations. Unlike bottled formula, powdered infant formula is not sterilized. Microorganisms can potentially be incorporated into the mixture. The 2022 close-down of Abbott’s Sturgis infant formula production plant for unsanitary conditions refocused attention on the question of how safe is infant formula. Pasteurized milk used to produce Infant formula can be adulterated by a bovine mycobacterium, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). If a newborn becomes infected by MAP before its acquired immunity, a dysfunction immune response may be induced which is the catalyst for the later development of Crohn’s disease. Current infant formula labels lack the necessary information that would allow mothers to make a fully informed decision about their infants’ nutrition.Author(s): Gilles RG. Monif