On this page you’ll find information about formula and other milks commonly given to young children, presented as may be relevant to breastfeeding mothers and their babies. This is, after all, a site speaking mainly to mothers who wish to learn about breastfeeding.

We’ve all heard “breast is best,” but some of us would still be hard-pressed to name all the benefits of breast milk over artificial milk if randomly questioned. Many women admit they didn’t breastfeed simply because they weren’t aware of much difference between human milk and artificial milk, and many say they wish they had tried — if only they’d known.

According to the most recent numbers, lots of mothers do supplement with formula or cow milk or at some point switch to them entirely. As such, a discussion about these alternatives as used by breastfeeding mothers is an unavoidable one.

With that said…

“Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers” – The World Health Organization and UNICEF

1). Why Isn’t Every Baby Breastfed?

  • Recommendations by Health Authorities
  • Why Babies Aren’t Breastfed

2). Cow-Made, Man-Made, or Mother-Made?

  • Under the Microscope
  • Moo Milk vs. Mom’s Milk
  • Modern Formula vs. Human Milk
  • Toxins in Infant Formula

3). Making a Baby-Friendly Culture Amid Formula Marketing

The Truth About Formula Marketing

  • What Formula Companies Want You to Believe
  • Resources

Making a Baby-Friendly Culture

  • Can You Support Formula Feeders and Fight Formula Marketing?

4). Help With Mixed Feedings

  • Can You Supplement with Cow, Goat, Soy or Nut-Derived Milk?
  • Homemade Formula
  • Formula Supplementing Help

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