With such a variety of infant formulas on the market, it can be difficult and confusing to know which formula is best for your baby. Mead Johnson has developed a formula marketed for babies with fussiness and gas. Enfamil Gentlease is a lactose-reduced, partially hydrolyzed cow’s milk-based formula for full term infants. This formula meets the federal requirements for infant formula and is a safe, nutritious formula to give your baby; however, it may or may not relieve the symptoms your baby may be experiencing. Check with your health care provider before starting a new formula.
Enfamil Gentlease infant formula is a standard, cow’s milk-based 20 calorie per oz. formula, if mixed according to the manufacturer’s directions. Most healthy, full-term infants require this calorie level for proper growth and weight gain.
According to Mead Johnson, the manufacturer of Enfamil Gentlease, this formula contains 20 percent of the carbohydrate content from lactose. Most regular cow’s milk-based formulas contain 100 percent. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, lactose intolerance is rare before the age of 2 or 3. The Academy states that no studies have shown clinical improvement of colic, growth or development by using lactose-reduced or lactose-free formulas.
According to the makers of Enfamil Gentlease, this formula contains a protein to whey ratio similar to that found in human breast milk. The protein is also partially hydrolyzed, meaning it is partially broken down. This may make it easier for your baby to digest.
In 2002, Mead Johnson introduced its first formula containing DHA and ARA, two fatty acids important to infant nutrition. The company named their combination of these two fatty acids lipil. Enfamil Gentlease contains this combination of fatty acids. A 2003 study by Ricardo Uauy, et al., published in “The Journal of Pediatrics” reports there is significant improvement in the visual acuity of infants given DHA supplementation. DHA and ARA are found in small concentrations in human breast milk. These fatty acids are found in neural tissue, and DHA is found in the photoreceptor of the retina. The AAP has not taken an official stand on the benefits of supplementing these fatty acids to infant formula.
The Food and Drug Administration monitors the manufacturing of all infant formulas in the US. All infant formulas marketed and sold in the US must meet federal guidelines. These standards ensure that your baby will receive all the nutrients she needs for proper growth and development, regardless of the brand of formula you choose. Some formulas do have slight variations of ingredients that certain babies will tolerate better than others, but the nutrition is essentially the same.