Is formula the same as breastmilk?
There are some people out there that argue that there is no difference between breastmilk and formulas now that so many “improvements” in formula have occurred. At the biochemical level, formula is not the same as breastmilk, not even close. If you take a look at a can of formula and the list of ingredients, it is patently obvious that breastmilk contains at least 20 times more “ingredients” than formula. Breastmilk contains live cells, stem cells, white cells, immune factors and antibodies which cannot be added formula and that’s just the beginning. In every other situation people would readily admit that powdered milk which is then re-constituted with hot water is not the same as fresh milk.
Formula and breastmilk are not at all the same, not even close.
Formula company advertising has tried to convince parents for years that their formulas are the same are the same as breastmilk. Photo 1 shows an ad, probably from the late 1890s or early 1900s, which states, in French “Artificial Milk Feeding”, using the word normally used for “breastfeeding” (allaitement). Sneaky no?
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