Many infants fed conventional infant formula suffer from gastrointestinal discomfort, such as colic, regurgitation and constipation, as a result. Protein is very hard to digest for the immature gastrointestinal system. The fact that formulas contain 40-50% more protein than human milk could explain the frequent occurrence of discomfort. This can be reduced by altering the amount and type of proteins used.
Arla Foods Ingredients have several products that can be used in a comfort infant formula: Alpha-lactalbumin is an easy digestible protein with a high level of essential amino acids, hydrolysed proteins are predigested and, therefore, easy to digest and finally low-lactose formulas may help to settle gastrointestinal symptoms.
Several infant clinical studies have demonstrated that an alpha-lactalbumin enriched infant formula reduces feeding-related gastrointestinal events in a manner similar to breastfeeding. Furthermore, it is better accepted and tolerated by the infants than a conventional infant formula. Studies on hydrolysates have demonstrated that the use of hydrolysed proteins in infant formulas can significantly reduce regurgitation and crying - especially in colicky infants. Finally, the digestive system of a formula-fed infant can become lactose overloaded by excessive amounts of milk from large volume feeds or frequent feeding patterns. This is a temporary problem related to the immaturity of an infant’s digestive system as the infant does not have enough lactase enzymes to digest all the lactose. Low-lactose formulas may help to settle such gastrointestinal symptoms.
Arla Foods Ingredients supplies the following ingredients with a positive influence on infant comfort: Lacprodan® ALPHA-10, Lacprodan® ALPHA-20, Lacprodan® DI-3071, Lacprodan® DI-8702, Lacprodan® DI-9224 and Peptigen® IF-3090.
Arla Foods Ingredients supports the WHO recommendation for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life and continued breastfeeding up to the age of two or beyond in combination with nutritionally appropriate complementary foods..