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What makes breast milk different from formula milk?

Nature has its own way of providing health and nutrition to the new born baby in mammals, whether animals or humans. This nutrition is provided by the unique combination and ingredients present in mothers milk for the baby. These ingredients meet the growing child’s nutritional requirements and give the baby a jump start on a healthy life. Breast milk is the best gift a mother can give to her child, which is why it is known as liquid gold. Formula and bottle milk should not be given to infants and new born babies due to the different chemical compositions which are not easily digested by the baby. Breast milk is the purest and safest food source for new born babies and should be exclusively given during the first 6 months after birth.Human breast milk is also significantly different from cow and goat milk, which should not be given to new born babies at all. Cows milk can be extremely harmful for new born babies as its chemical composition is suited for a calf, and not a human baby. According to research, cows milk can increase the chances of Type I diabetes in babies and infants when introduced at a very early stage. Therefore, only mothers milk should be given to the baby in the first few months after birth due to its high nutritional value and benefits. Here are some of the important ingredients of breast milk which make it different from formula milk or cows milk:

Fatty Acids

Human milk has a rich composition of essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 fatty acids and DHA which are needed for the optimal growth of human brain in infants. Babies who are breastfed get the right kinds of fats in the right amount of dose. Breast milk is richer in fat when mothers pump or feed the baby between regular breast feedings. There are different stages in breastfeeding, such as at the start of the feeding session, breasts produce foremilk which is low in fat. As the feeding session progresses, the fat content, or cream starts coming, also known as hindmilk, which has a higher content of fat. It is advised that frequent feeding sessions ensure more hind milk to be released, leading to healthier babies. Short intervals between feedings also supply milk with higher fat content to the baby, meeting the growing needs of your child.


Along with fatty acids, human milk also contains the right amount of enzymes needed to digest breast milk and the fatty acids present in it. Lipase is a popular enzyme which helps to digest milk quickly, so more energy is available to the baby from breastfeeding. Cows milk and formula milk do not contain this enzyme, and hence excess fat is lost by the baby into the stools. Breast milk is natural and quickly absorbed by the baby’s digestive system, and the baby will produce less waste.

Essential Proteins

There are two types of milk protein present in breast milk, which include curd and whey. Unlike cows milk, breast milk has a higher whey-to-curd ratio which makes it easier to digest. Breast milk also contains amino acid taurine, which is a specific nutrient needed to build healthy brains and bodies. Formula milk and cows milk have limited amount of amino acid taurine as compared to breast milk. Proteins present in breast milk are easily absorbed by the baby, just like fatty acids present in breast milk.


Lactose is an intestines-friendly sugar for babies which makes breast milk sweet and provides a source of energy to the baby. Most formula milks contain sucrose, also known as table sugar, which is very harmful due to its highly processed form and leads to infant cavities when babies start teething.


Mothers milk has all the antibodies to help the baby fight against diseases and illnesses and build a strong immune system. No formula milk can provide these antibodies to babies which are present in breast milk.

Vitamins and Minerals

Human milk contains exactly the right amount of vitamins and minerals as needed by the baby. No factory, cow or goat can make vitamins and minerals which are present in mothers milk. Vitamins and minerals present in breast milk have high bioavailability and are easily absorbed by the baby. Similarly, babies on breast-milk absorb 50% to 75% of breast-milk iron as compared to only 4% absorption rate of iron present in formula milk. This is because breast milk contains facilitators like Vitamin C to help increase iron absorption as well as absorption of other nutrients.

There are hundreds of other ingredients present in human milk which are beneficial for the baby. This is why mothers should exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first 6 months after birth. Working moms can use breast pumps like pump style advanced or any other breast electric pump to store milk to feed the baby even when they are away from home. Breastfeeding and breast milk consumption is the right of every child and every mother should make an effort to provide this valuable source of health and nutrition to her baby.

About the author: This article has been contributed by Trusted Breast Pumps. Trusted Breast Pumps provides breast pump and breast pump accesories of well known brands like Medela, Avent, Lansinoh, Dr Brown`s, Ameda and more!

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Baby Crib Safety Primer

One of the biggest choices parents make is deciding which crib to use for their precious new baby.  Nowadays there are so many choices available that it can be a difficult decision, but one filled with love and anticipation. Considering that your baby will spend several years and a large amount of their time in the crib; it should be a decision that is made carefully.

The Big Mistakes New Parents Make in Regard to Their Baby’s Crib

Most parents dream of decorating the crib with soft and fluffy blankets and pillows or stuffed animals that they hope their baby will treasure forever.  Unfortunately, when it comes to a crib less is more!  Oversized comforters, blankets, pillows and anything soft and cushioned poses a real threat to a baby.  The same is true for all those cute and frilly blankets and bumper pads.  They should be avoided.  If you just like the way it looks then leave them in for decoration but take them out when your baby is in the crib.  Thousands of babies each year suffocate in their cribs.  The crib should be outfitted with tight fitting sheets and pillows or wedges that are approved.

When looking for the perfect mattress make sure that you measure it and your crib carefully.  The mattress should fit snuggly into the crib frame and not allow more than one fingers width of space between it and the railings.  If the mattress is too tight, it can bulge and cause problems as well.  Just because the mattress says it fits standard cribs does not mean that it will fit your crib.  When purchasing sheets they too must fit tight around the mattress in order to prevent suffocation.

Are You Giving Your Baby a Leg up out of Bed?

When purchasing your crib make sure that the slats are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart.  Avoid using a crib that has large decorative cut-outs on the sides where you baby can stick their head through and possibly get stuck.  Newer cribs come properly made and it is best to avoid antique or older models that may not be safety tested.  As your baby grows they will begin to climb more as well so make sure that there is nothing on any of the 4 sides of your crib that can be used as foot holds.

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When Did Poop Become a Conversation Piece?

“It’s been how many days?” “That can’t be right.” “Babies need to poop every day or two don’t they?” As I’ve found out recently… no, they don’t. Until I found that out however, it seemed everyone was in on the poop conversation including my wife, all the grandparents, uncles and aunts, friends, and more.

My wife and I have been supplementing with one or two formula feedings a day when there’s not enough breast milk to go around. Back when there was enough breast milk, our daughter would poop every day or nearly every day. In the first few weeks it was even so much as every diaper change, but thankfully that time has passed. Now, what once was too much poop to deal with now, in the 3rd month, seems like too little. The last time between my daughter’s bowel movements was nearly 6 days! Yes, 6 days! And when it finally came out, it came out big time.

The good news is that it’s all perfectly normal ( which is nice to read. I think we still would have been placing a call to the pediatrician if it didn’t happen on the 6th day though. That seems awfully long and it’s better to be a little cautious than let things get too far. Every since then, the bowel movements have happened every 3 days on average. The poop conversations are still taking place among the family, but the urgency is gone since we now all know it’s normal and, for the time being, more frequent.

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Baby Bjorn Original – Product Review

I recently purchased the Original Babybjorn Baby Carrier thinking it would be everything that the box and website makes it out to be. Unfortunately, after a few uses, I found that not to be entirely true. Overall, I wish I had borrowed one or at least tried it in the store first so that I would know how it worked and if my baby even liked it.

The bad: It’s quite a pain to get on and even after becoming somewhat experienced in putting it on, my daughter always wound up screaming over the process. Basically, if you’re not going to be carrying your baby around for long periods of time, it’s just not worth the effort to get them into and out of this thing. It also just seems too tight in certain areas. With the carrier adjusted to fit me and my baby’s weight, it was a huge pain to get the leg safety buttons attached. Loosening everything up a bit didn’t help much either and the leg buttons still seemed too tight on her. Sure, you could leave the buttons unfastened, but I don’t think I would trust the attachment clip mechanism on its own.

The good: If you are going to be carrying your baby for long periods of time, it’s certainly nice to have your hands free. Also, after the process of finally getting my daughter inside the contraption, she did seem to like it… though her face smushed into my chest did leave some nice drool spots on my shirt ;)

Overall, there are several versions of the Baby Bjorn as well as plenty of other baby carriers, and slings to choose from. It’s best to match the type of product you purchase to your needs. Perhaps the designs of the other Babybjorn versions or some of the more versatile baby slings would be more comfortable and easy on you and your baby. If possible, try them on in the store or borrow one from a friend for a day before spending your money on one. You’ll be glad you did and you’ll end up with something that both you and your baby will enjoy.

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