Got Breast Milk? Comparing Breast Milk To Infant Formula.

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Got Breast Milk? Comparing Breast Milk to Infant Formula Parents want to make the best choices for their children. At birth, the decision needs to be made on how a baby will receive nourishment. This decision can impact a child for the rest of their lives. Comparing breast milk to infant formula will determine that breast milk is definitely the best choice for babies. Breast milk is better than infant formula because it provides immune-boosting antibodies, has a higher nutritional value, and leads to higher intellectual quotient (IQ). The first thing that may come to mind when deciding on whether to breastfeed or formula feed are the child’s health. Imagine being in the hospital with a sick child, not knowing what is wrong with them, why…show more content…
“In addition to possessing IgA, breast milk contains a range of other nutritional components.” (Niers 347). It is important to evaluate the ingredients and nutritional value in infant formula compared to breast milk. "Human milk contains at least 100 ingredients that are not found in formula.” (Jahn 13) Comparing vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fats are some of the components to evaluate. After reviewing The Journal of Nutrition, Assessment of Nutrition Requirement for Infant Formulas on Minerals and on Vitamins, with very careful review on the vitamins A, D, E, K, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, B12, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin C; and the minerals Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Iodine, Sodium, Potassium, Selenium, Fluoride and Chromium, it is concluded that there are too many variable factors such as weight, age, and intake amount that make it nearly impossible to determine if the child is receiving the correct amount of these very important vitamins and minerals. Not receiving enough or receiving too much of these vitamins and minerals could result in health and developmental issues. (Journal of Nutrition; Vitamins 2182-2200, Minerals 2140-2181) On the other

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