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By unknown | Feb 25, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

MOST of us know the arguments in favour of breastfeeding.

MOST of us know the arguments in favour of breastfeeding.

Paediatricians are unanimous in their opinion that it helps defend against infection, prevents allergies and protects against a number of chronic conditions by means of antibodies passed from a nursing mother to her baby and help lower the occurrence of many conditions.

Such infections include ear infections, diarrhoea, respiratory ailments and meningitis. Breastfeeding helps protect babies from infection by contributing to the infant's immune system by increasing the barriers to infection and decreasing the growth of organisms like bacteria and viruses.

But some mothers are unable to breastfeed and formula is a good alternative. They have been scientifically formulated to provide all the nutrients that growing babies need.

Unfortunately mothers can't rely on the taste of a formula to choose which is best for their children. They should act on the advice of doctors or nurses, especially if their children are lactose intolerant or have specific dietary requirements.

For one of South Africa's best-known actors, Kenneth Nkosi, tasting baby's milk was the brief. First he tasted the Isomil 3 Advance Plus.

"It isn't a great taste. I can't really describe it, but it doesn't taste like milk. Ah, that's it, it's made from soya beans, so it's probably quite healthy. Babies might like it, but I don't."

Next, he tastes Promilk Gold.

"It's nice and sweet. In fact, it's even better than normal cow's milk. I can see why babies love the taste."

The Infacare formula is good for growing kids Nkosi notices, looking at the tin.

"It's a sweet, comforting taste. I would love to fall asleep sucking on this. It tastes like the left-over milk after you've finished your cereal."

Nan is the taste Nkosi is used to.

"My two girls grew up drinking it and I remember tasting the milk to test the temperature. It doesn't have a strong flavour, but it's good, wholesome and sweet." - Andrea Nagel


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