In a memo to health care providers, Mead Johnson Nutritionals announced yesterday that low iron preparations of Enfamil Lipil are being discontinued. While the company’s formal release doesn’t suggest when we’ll see low iron Enfamil disappear from store shelves, the word on the street seems to be that this will occur sometime in the late spring.
Mead Johnson Nutritionals should be commended for setting a new standard for infant nutrition. For too long the voodoo practice of attributing constipation to normal concentrations of iron in infant formula has driven the market for these inappropriate formulas. Hopefully Ross Nutritionals (makers of Similac) will follow the example set by Mead Johnson and make low iron formulas a thing of the past.
For a more detailed review of why low iron formulas are risky, check out my post, Low Iron Formula – Bad for Babies.