Learn the benefits, Compare breastmilk vs. formula.
Breastmilk and formula both have nutritional building blocks. However, everything in breastmilk comes from the mother’s body and is custom-made for her baby’s needs. Everything in the formula comes from cows, soy plants, or some other non-human source. Breastmilk contains twice as many building blocks as formula.
The building blocks include:
Water found in breastmilk is made naturally by the mother’s body. Water used in formula comes from a variety of places, such as the tap or bottles, and may contain impurities.
Protein in breastmilk is easier to digest and cuts down on vomiting and diarrhea. Protein in formula can be harder for babies to digest.
Carbohydrates found in breastmilk promote brain development and intestinal health. Carbohydrates found in formula simply do not compare to those found in breastmilk.
DHA and ARA
DHA and ARA are fatty acids found in breastmilk that help a baby’s eyes and brain develop. DHA and ARA in formula are made from algae and fungus.
Fat found in breastmilk helps a baby’s brain, eyes, and body grow. Cholesterol found only in breastmilk may make a child less likely to develop heart disease as an adult. Fat in formula does not contain cholesterol and may make a child more likely to develop heart disease and central nervous system diseases as an adult.
Vitamins found in breastmilk are easy to digest and are produced in the right amounts for each baby. Vitamins found in formula are sometimes added in very large amounts and aren’t absorbed very well by the baby’s body.
Minerals found in breastmilk are easy to digest and are produced in the right amounts for each baby. Minerals found in formula are sometimes added in very large amounts and aren’t absorbed very well by the baby’s body.
Enzymes in breastmilk help break down fat, protein, and carbohydrates so a baby’s body can use them. Breastmilk enzymes also kill bad bacteria. Formula contains no enzymes.
Growth Factors help a baby’s skin, nerves, intestines, and blood vessels grow. Formula contains no growth factors.
Anti-Parasites found in breastmilk keep parasites from hurting your baby. Formula contains no anti-parasites.
Anti-Allergies found in breastmilk reduce a child’s chances of developing allergies throughout the rest of their life. Formula contains no anti-allergies.
Anti-Viruses found in breastmilk block incoming viruses or attach to a virus, making it harmless. Formula contains no anti-viruses.
Hormones found in breastmilk can do things like calm a baby and reduce his changes of becoming obese. Formula contains no hormones.
Antibodies (immune boosters) found in breastmilk protect against germs and infections in a way that formula can’t. Formula contains no antibodies.
Congratulations! You are now a breastmilk vs. formula pro. There are at least 100 ingredients in breastmilk that are not found in formula, and more are being discovered all the time. Give your baby the best nutrition. Breastmilk. Every ounce counts.