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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Enfamil Gentlease LIPIL Infant Formula Now Available

Mead Johnson has announced a new infant formula that may be an intermediate step before going to soy-based formulas for infants with temporary breastfeeding problems.

Here's the press release:

EVANSVILLE, Ind., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- New Enfamil Gentlease LIPIL infant formula is now available, making it the first and only formula in the U.S. that combines partially broken down whey and casein milk proteins, reduced lactose and LIPIL. LIPIL is Mead Johnson's blend of DHA and ARA, two nutrients also found in breast milk that promote babies' brain and eye development. Enfamil Gentlease LIPIL is designed for feeding term infants with fussiness or gas.

"Enfamil Gentlease is a great alternative for formula fed infants who are experiencing common feeding problems such as gas or fussiness," said Jon Vanderhoof, MD, Vice President of Global Medical Affairs for Mead Johnson Nutritionals. "Its unique formulation will provide mothers with a formula choice that doesn't eliminate all the lactose or any of the cow's milk protein."

Gas and fussiness in infants can be caused by many factors. Physicians differ in their approaches to managing feeding problems in formula fed infants, but historically, first-line therapies have involved switching the infant to either a milk-based, lactose-free formula, which contains cow's milk protein but no lactose, or switching to a soy protein-based formula, which contains no cow's milk protein or lactose.

Breast milk is best for babies, but for those babies that are fed infant formula, formulas containing cow's milk protein rather than soy protein are usually preferred. When switching from a routine infant formula because of feeding tolerance issues, mothers and health care professionals may be willing to try a milk-based formula with proteins that have been partially broken down. Likewise, the reduced lactose level, when compared to full-lactose, routine milk-based formulas, may help infants when they have temporary trouble with lactose. The introduction of Enfamil Gentlease LIPIL allows physicians to recommend an infant formula with protein from cow's milk, the preferred protein source for formula-fed infants, and with lactose, the primary carbohydrate in human milk, but at a reduced level.

Enfamil Gentlease LIPIL is now available. Consumers can call 1-800-BABY-123 for assistance in locating Enfamil Gentlease LIPIL at a store in their area. Mead Johnson Nutritionals is a world leader in nutrition, dedicated to giving infants and children their best start in life. Mead Johnson & Company is a subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

Go to the Mead Johnson website for additional contact information.

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Anonymous said...

Does this formula contain and iron at all?

Anonymous said...

Error on earlier post: Does this formula contain any iron at all? Also:
I'm currently feeding the child Enfamil Lipil w/ Iron. Thank you for your input.

Anonymous said...

Yes. It has the same as regular enfamil.

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Unknown said...

Can I use Enfamil Gentlease for a lactose baby that currently use Similac pro sensitive?

Steve Carper said...

The two are not interchangeable. Enfamil Gentlease is milk-based and therefore contains lactose. Similac pro sensitive does not.