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Many infants fed with standard infant formula suffer from gastrointestinal discomfort, such as abdominal pain, colic, regurgitation and constipation. Protein is very hard to digest for the immature gastrointestinal system. The fact that standard infant formulas contain 40-50% more protein than human milk could explain the frequent occurrence of discomfort. By altering the amount and type of proteins used, discomfort can be reduced.
Arla Foods Ingredients has several solutions for comfort infant formulas:
Alpha-lactalbumin is an easy digestible protein with a high level of essential amino acids, which is ideal for lowering the protein content. Hydrolysed proteins are pre-digested and, therefore, easy to digest and may help to settle gastrointestinal symptoms.
Several infant clinical studies have demonstrated that infant formulas enriched with alpha-lactalbumin reduce feeding-related events similar to that of breastfeeding. Furthermore, alpha-lactalbumin increases general formula acceptability and tolerance. Studies have demonstrated that the use of hydrolysed proteins in infant formulas can reduce regurgitation, crying and feeding intolerance - especially in colicky infants.
Finally, in some regions, low-lactose formulas are also used to settle some gastrointestinal discomfort.
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.