Why do babies need to sleep?
Sleep is a natural activity of the brain, and is especially important during early development, no less important than food, drink or safety. Human infants spend more time in sleep than in wakefulness during the ﬁrst three years of their life, suggesting that sleep plays a more crucial role during this age period. Sleep directly impacts mental and physical development, and is vital to physical growth, the immune system, brain development, learning, memory, and more.
Because a relaxed, well-fed infant can better get the sleep needed to grow and develop properly, nutrition plays an important role in enabling the comfort a baby requires to sleep well.
INFAT® is a sn-2 palmitate fat ingredient which mimics the composition, structure and beneﬁts of human milk fat. Infant formulas containing INFAT® promote proper digestion, leading to softer stools, less crying, and more sleep – altogether more comfort for the baby.
INFAT® improves sleep in infants
A double-blind, randomized controlled study involving 159 healthy term infants compared the sleep duration in the three days before the 6-week and 12-week visits of infants fed with infant formula containing INFAT®, standard formula (the control group), and breast milk. The results showed that the total duration of sleep in the INFAT group was higher compared to that in the control group both during night time, and across 24 hours.
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Why do babies cry?
Crying is a basic, instinctive response. Most infants follow a universal crying pattern during the first few months of life. Often, crying is related to abdominal discomfort. This means that nutritional choices can have a major impact on a baby’s comfort and
INFAT® is an sn-2 palmitate fat ingredient that mimics the composition, structure and benefits of human milk fat. Infant formulas containing INFAT promote proper digestion, leading to softer stools and much less crying – altogether more comfort for the baby.
About stools and comfort
An infant’s stool can give an insight into its comfort and wellbeing. While a healthy, breastfed baby’s stool is typically frequent, with a very runny consistency, a formula fed baby’s stool is usually less frequent and more solid. Stool hardness can lead to pain and discomfort, and even to constipation.
How does it work?
Infant formulas with INFAT® are closer to mother’s milk due to their high sn-2 palmitate fat structure, and have been clinically proven to benefit infants through better fat absorption and softer stools compared with control formulas with low sn-2 palmitate.
Experts suggest that during the digestion process of the fat components in the intestine, palmitic acid that is not bound at the 2nd position and is released during digestion, tends to bind with calcium, and create calcium salts that are not well-absorbed. This impacts the infant’s wellbeing in many ways: it can reduce absorption of fat needed for energy; it can lead to loss of calcium needed for healthy growth; and the calcium salts can cause harder stools, leading to discomfort.
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