What is the difference between breastmilk and formula milk?

Formula milk does not contain the maternal antibodies that breastmilk does, so your little one could be more prone illness. Aside from being a more costly diet, you may find that your baby has allergies to some of the ingredients used in powdered milk. Trialing a few brands may be necessary before you find the one that your baby is comfortable with.

Formula is a product of a manufacturing process, so it is not a natural substance. Like we have seen before, there are often scare stories about the safety of these milks.

In August 2013, the New Zealand dairy industry had its reputation severely scarred when Fonterra, the world’s largest baby milk formula distributor, revealed it had found traces of a bacteria that could cause botulism in its baby milk formula.

This particular case was since found to be in error but a similar case occurred in China in 2008, in a melamine scare that killed six babies.

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Whatever you decide between breastmilk and formula milk, keep in mind the pros and cons of each before making a decision that works best for you and your family.

Feeding your baby with as much breastmilk as you can in the beginning, for as long as you can, will really help until their tiny immune system builds up. Expressing milk can be a great alternative to breastfeeding in those early weeks, and your partner can help out with the feedings as well.

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