Is Cow’s milk really similar to breastmilk? The aweful truth

20 Jan

One of the most important choices we will have to make for our babies is weather to breastfeed or formula feed. This decision for many is so easy and taken lightly because formula which contain’s cow’s milk is very close to breastmilk so no big deal right. Wrong. Consider the fact that a human baby weights on average between 6-10 pounds at birth. A calf weights anywhere between 80-100 lbs at birth so how can the milk that is design to sustain a calf be the similar to the milk designed to sustain a baby.

Cow’s milk is different and lacks some of the nutrients found in breastmilk.  Breastmilk contains specific antibodies to protect the baby from viruses and bateria in their envirnoment while allowing the immune system to mature. Formula conatins NO Antibodies whatsoever. Cow’s milk may actually cause more illness in babies due to an allergic reaction to milk. Many formula fed babies has reoccuring ear infection, diarrhea, tonsillitis or enlarge adenoids because the their bodies produces an inflammatory response to the milk. My daughter is 18 months and has never had an ear infection even when she is sick.

Another big difference is there is less fat in cow’s milk, no DHA, cholestrol and omega fats. All these types of fat are important for brain development and growth. Many studies report a higher IQ for breastfed babies vs formula fed babies.

The biggest and the most troublesome differences is the protein. Cow’s milk protein is totally different from breastmilk protein and cow’s milk has double the protein of breastmilk. The protein curd is larger, harder to digest, irritate and may cause bleeding in the intestine. Diarhrea is common, gas, tummy aches, ear infection, respiratory problem and ezcema. I learned the hard way about dairy products and I love dairy especially my sharp cheddar and ice cream but they hurt my daughter really badly.

The big buck companies like enfamil don’t really care that you have sleepless nights because your baby is colicky or has to get ear tubes becuase of fluid in the ears, or has tummy problems, they are only care about the bottom line. Most Dr are brainwashed by the big companies anyways and will suggest that parent give soy milk to infants if they have an allergy to cow’s milk.  However, 50% of babies with cow’s milk allergy will be allergic to soy milk.  My Dr is still trying to tell me to give the baby cow’s milk for calcium even though she has a milk allergy go figure. She told me that babies don’t get enough veggies so cow’s milk is important. Here are a few things to remember

  • N0 baby is allergic to their mom’s milk
  • It is free – a can of formula cost on avg $20 a week
  • Clean and always available
  • Design specifically for your baby
  • Breastfed babies are happier

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2 Responses to “Is Cow’s milk really similar to breastmilk? The aweful truth”

  1. mom in need February 27, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    I am only pumping an ounce at a time, so my daughter is only getting about one full bottle every two days. Does this even help her? I am just getting frustrated and feeling like it is a waste of time. I know my milk is better for her, but if she is getting so much formula, does it make a difference?

    • naturalpureessentials February 27, 2009 at 10:37 pm #

      Hi mom in need,
      Yes, the one bottle of every 2 days is better than no milk at all. It is hard to gauge my anwer because I don’t know how old is your baby, how often do you nurse her and how much formula is she getting? Your milk supply is dependent on how often you nurse your baby and whether you are supplementing milk with formula or food and how you supplement. The more your daughter nurses the more milk you will have. Are you exclusively pumping or nursing as well. Pumping alot of milk takes a time because the breast has to get used to the pump. For example, the first time you start pumping you may only get an ounce but within a week or so you should get more -2-3 oz and 6 oz or more with 2-3 weeks.
      How long do you pump for? Do you wait for a let down and how often do you pump.
      Make sure to pump at least 2 times a day -early in the morning when milk supply is the highest
      Pump for at 15 minutes
      Get a let down- if you don’t milk will also dry up
      you can even pump when she nurses
      If you are supplementing try to make sure she nurses when she is with you and give formula when she is away.
      Please let me know if you need any more help. I just needed some more info so that I can elp you better. Good luck

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