Frequently Asked Questions
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Study Related Questions
What is a research study?
A research study uses scientific methods to draw a conclusion based on evidence. This study compares the growth of babies fed our organic infant formula to the growth of babies fed a non-organic brand name formula.
What are we researching?
We are looking at the growth of babies who are exclusively formula fed, based on weight, length, and head circumference measurements during the first few weeks of life.
What are you going to measure on my baby?
We measure the baby's weight, head circumference, and length.
There are 6 visits.
No poking or prodding!
What risks does this study have?
There are risks associated with any research study. These risks are outlined in your informed consent form.
What if I sign up and the formula I get doesn't agree with my baby? Can I switch?
Once you enter the study, the formula your baby will receive is "locked in". If the formula does not agree with your baby, you may withdraw your baby from the study.
Will my pediatrician be involved at all?
You will see your pediatrician as normal, but they will not participate directly in the study. You will be asked to obtain the medical records generated by any pediatrician visit for your child, so that we can monitor any issues that your pediatrician might document during routine visits.
Why does the study doctor need to see my baby's medical records?
In order to confirm your baby can participate in the study, the study doctor needs to see your baby's medical records from the hospital prior to the first visit with the nurse in your home. The study doctor needs to confirm that your baby has been seen by a licensed doctor, your baby is not a twin, confirm the gestational age, understand any medications your baby may have received, and record your baby's measurements at birth. Review of your baby's medical records by the study doctor is also important during the study to look for any symptom or illness that occurs, whether it is related to the study formula or not.
Who are the doctors that are running the study?
Dr. Georgia Latham is a family medicine doctor who has been doing clinical research for 30 years. There are 4 other pediatricians in various parts of the US that are assisting Dr. Latham with the study.
Do I need insurance?
Does it cost anything to participate?
No, all costs for study participation are covered by Nara Organics.
How do I register for the study?
If your baby qualifies, you will receive an email confirming eligibility. You will need to reply back to that email or call the number provided.
You will fill out the paperwork and finalize registration for the study. Dr. Latham, who oversees the study, will be available to you to answer any questions.
When will I get the formula?
After your first home visit with a nurse, you should receive your formula the next day via Fedex, delivered to your home. If this first visit is in the afternoon, delivery of study formula may be delayed by 1 day.
Can I request one formula or the other if I feel strongly about it one way or another?
Selecting one formula over the other is not possible. All babies in the study have a 50/50 chance of receiving either formula. This is totally random, so that the interpretation of the growth measurements is not biased by the research team knowing which formula a baby received.
How hard is it to track the baby's weight?
Our nurses will be weighing your baby on a calibrated scale that will be provided to you. We do need your help to get your baby comfortable on the scale, but it's the nurse who takes the measurements.
I don't have a scale. How do I get the baby's weight?
We will provide a scale. We'll also ask you to keep this scale at your home until completion of the study.
Nara Infant Formula Questions
What's the difference between Nara and other formulas?
Nara is made using grass-fed and organic whole milk. It contains no syrups, no soy, no corn, and no palm oil. It is certified organic and meets all the nutritional requirements set out by the FDA for infant formulas. All formulas made and sold in the U.S. follow the same FDA guidelines for nutrition and manufacturing.
Does Nara infant formula meet my baby's nutritional needs?
Nara formula is compliant with nutritional requirements set by the FDA under federal regulation of infant formula. It includes all the necessary nutrients that babies need for the first year of life.
Where is Nara infant formula made?
Nara formula is manufactured at a large commercial facility in the United States that is registered with the FDA to make infant formula. The facility is regularly inspected to ensure quality does not change.
Who created Nara infant formula?
Nara formula was created by the team of experts at Nara Organics, including a pediatric dietician, food scientist, and biochemist.
What does organic mean?
Organic products follow a much stricter set of standards for food production. Certified organic means the product meets specific federal regulations regarding the use of certain ingredients and how the product is processed. For example, in order to be certified organic, the product must be made without the use of synthetic pesticides and without genetically modified ingredients. Nara formula is certified organic.
Formula Feeding Questions
Is switching between formulas bad for my baby?
Switching between formula brands is not a problem. All formulas sold in the United States meet the same FDA nutritional requirements as well as manufacturing guidelines. Due to the strict nature of the FDA's nutritional requirements as outlined in federal regulations, there should not be a problem in switching formulas.
When can I start my baby on the formula?
After your first home health visit, your nurse will order the study formula, and it will be delivered to your home (typically by overnight delivery). You can start feeding your baby the study formula as soon as you receive it.
What is the process to get the formula?
You must be enrolled in the study to receive our formula. During your first home visit, our nurse will order your formula and it will be delivered to your home. You will receive additional formula at your home throughout your child's participation in the study.
Does this formula have everything my baby needs to grow?
All of our study formula contains the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals required in infant formula by the FDA. Our formula follows FDA's strict nutritional requirements relating to infant formula. Our formula has everything a baby needs to grow and thrive.
What if I have more questions?
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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