I snapped the back of a can and checked with online stores and have compiled a chart comparing old and new standard first milk, plus the pro furtura.
First up - they've adjusted the Whey/Casein balance. Previously it was 60/40 to mimic breastmilk, now it has shifted to 50/50. This may be why some babies are finding it harder to digest.
They've shifted some of the levels around, but the other big difference seems to be the addition of neucleotides.
A 2010 randomised control trial concluded:
"Nucleotides could be conditionally essential for optimal infant growth in some formula-fed populations. Additional research is needed to test the hypothesis that the benefits of nucleotide supplementation for early head growth, a critical period for brain growth, have advantages for long-term cognitive development."So let's cut to the chase - if indeed nucleotides are indeed important, aren't we actually saying "oops, we're realised we were missing something needed for optimal development, and without which babies may be at a cognitive disadvantage"?
So what about all the babies given formula prior to the addition of nucleotides? And that's the nub of the problem with infant formula manufacturers. We pretend it's close to breastmilk, until we discover the next new "essential" ingredient at which point we admit otherwise?
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