Infant comfort

Many infants fed conventional infant formula suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort, such as abdominal pain, colic, regurgitation and constipation, as a result. Protein is very hard to digest for the immature (GI) system. The fact that 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 have several solutions for a comfort infant formula: Alpha-lactalbumin is an easy digestible protein with a high level of essential amino acids ideal for lowering the protein load. Hydrolysed proteins are pre-digested and, therefore, easy to digest and finally low-lactose formulas may help to settle (GI) symptoms.

Several infant clinical studies have demonstrated that an alpha-lactalbumin enriched infant formula reduces feeding-related (GI) events in a manner similar to breastfeeding. Furthermore, it 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, 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 (GI) symptoms.

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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.