Diffen parenting baby. They both provide energy hydration and nutrients so your baby will grow whichever milk he is given.
Roughly 60 65 of infants in america are breastfed as newborns and over 73 of them transition to infant formula between birth and 6 months of age.
Comparison of breastmilk and formula. There are substances in formula to help protect babies from illness but they aren t as easily absorbed by a baby as breast milk and don t have the same level of overall protection. More research is needed to identify how the difference between breast milk and formula may affect long term health. Breastfeeding is recommended by the american academy of pediatrics.
It s usually more easily digested than formula. Breast milk and formula have similar amounts of carbohydrates and proteins with formula slightly higher in both than breast milk. It provides natural antibodies that help your baby resist illnesses such as ear infections.
Breast milk is good for your baby in many ways. Although formula is a great substitute for natural mothers breast milk formula doesn t have the same antibodies found in breast milk. Breast milk is the perfect food for baby with numerous advantages over baby formula especially in the first four months or so.
The quality of the protein however is slightly higher in breast milk because the amino acid ratios are a better match for the baby s needs. But despite advances in how baby milk powder is formulated and manufactured it doesn t come close to matching the health benefits of your breast milk. Global strategy for infant and young child feeding world health organization.
The order is in preference from most preferred to least preferred. Expressed breastmilk from the infant s own mother donated breastmilk from a healthy wet nurse or human milk bank formula. There are ways in which formula is similar to breast milk.
Not only does formula have many missing ingredients but the ones that are there are from a range of animal and plant sources instead of human origin. However breast feeding is not always possible for all women and the choice whether to breast feed or use formula is a personal one. Despite manufacturers claims formula is not almost the same as breast milk.