The following chart compares the composition of formula to that of human breast milk. Many mothers do not realize there is a difference between breast milk and formula. However, as you can see from the chart there are many differences between the two.
|NUTRIENT FACTOR||BREAST MILK CONTAINS|| FORMULA|
|Fat is the most important nutrient in breastmilk; the absence of cholesterol and DHA, vital nutrients for growing brains and bodies, may predispose a child to adult heart and central nervous system diseases. Leftover, unabsorbed fat accounts for unpleasant smelling stools in formula-fed babies.|
|Infants aren’t allergic to human milk protein.|
|Lactose is considered an important carbohydrate for brain development. Studies show the level of lactose in the milk of a species correlates with the size of the brain of that species.|
|When mother is exposed to a germ, she makes antibodies to that germ and gives these antibodies to her infant via her milk.|
Vitamins and Minerals
|Vitamins and minerals in breast milk enjoy a higher bioavailability-that is, a greater percentage is absorbed. To compensate, more is added to formula, which makes it harder to digest.|
Enzymes and Hormones
| Digestive enzymes promote intestinal health. Hormones contribute to the overall biochemical balance and well- being of baby.|
By taking on the flavor of mother’s diet, breastmilk shapes the tastes of the child to family foods.