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Are there any other things that Formula doesn't have?

Someone told me that Probiotics is something that only breastmilk can provide to the child. Is there any other thing that I should know about?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:11 AM on Jul. 15, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • They don't fully understand everything about breastmilk and they will never be able to mimic it. Breast milk constantly changes for each individual child. It has more fat during growth spurts, when mom and child are exposed to bacterias it creates antibodies that gets passed on to the child, it lines the gut with good bacteria to help with digestion, it proves hormones to the child that help with being calm, alert, and happy. There are many components that formula doesn't have. Many breastfeeding advocates will say that formula should only be used in extremely rare cases when a mother truly can't breastfeed or if the mother is gone. I'm not that radical, I've used both formula and breastmilk for all 4 of my children, though with the exception of the first one breastmilk with the primary. breastmilk is a living component constantly changing for what the baby needs, formula provides the very basics to survive.

    Answer by Cassarah at 9:17 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • there are many things in breastmilk that formula doesn't have.
    seems that many don't know that- I've seen many posts from women claiming that the only benefit to breastmilk is the allergy idea- not true.

    I'd just do some research- here's a few links that I found-

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:16 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • I agree with Cassarah. Breast milk is very complex, constantly changing and is "custom made for your baby" so to speak. I would find a good book to read on the benefits of breast milk. (The Nursing Mother's Companion, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, The Breastfeeding Answer Book) It's amazing!

    Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 9:25 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

    Parents consider giving their babies formula for many reasons. In the vast majority of cases, formula is not medically necessary - moms use it purely by choice. At other times, mom may believe that her milk supply is low (and thus think that formula is needed) when her supply is just fine. If you feel that your baby genuinely has a need for formula supplementation (or your baby's doctor has suggested or recommended it), then contact a lactation consultant (preferably IBCLC) for guidance. A good lactation consultant can assess the need for supplementation and guide you in the use of supplements so as to preserve the nursing relationship. Here is some information on how to find a lactation consultant. Keep in mind that formula does come with its own set of risks, and every mother needs to be aware of those so she can make a truly informed decision

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 10:30 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • Why breastmilk will always be better than formula.

    Formula feeding is the longest lasting uncontrolled experiment lacking
    informed consent in the history of medicine."

    — Frank Oski, MD
    retired editor, Journal of Pediatrics's%20missing%20in%20formula.htm

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 10:30 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

  • The milk a mom makes for her baby is perfect for her child. Nobody else can ever make a more perfect food. The antibodies in a mom's milk are specific to the viruses and bacteria that mom and baby came into during that day. The composition of the milk varies from the beginning of the day to the end of the day, the beginning of the feeding to its end, changes to meet a growing baby's needs and is flavored with foods that mom ate, making every mouthful of food different, and perfect for that baby. No formula company can ever make a more perfect food for your baby than you can as that baby's mother.

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 10:31 AM on Jul. 15, 2010

    Formula is an artificial substance that is made to replicate mother's milk. It is NOT a duplicate of mother's milk. Pick up a can of formula and read the ingredients to see that it is quite inferior to breastmilk. It is mainly made up of sugar and oils and a protein such as cow's milk, soy or whey. It does not contain antibodies, digestive enzymes, or immunoglobulin. Babies that are fed formula are 14 times more likely to be hospitalized in their first year. These babies are more prone to respiratory illnesses, ear infections and diarrhea. Babies that are fed formula instead of breastmilk miss out on the intense physical bond that allows them to develop a sense of trust in the world. Giving your baby formula is not the same as breastfeeding. Formula is not an equal substitute for breastmilk.

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 10:29 AM on Jul. 15, 2010