colostrum vs. formula
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|Tue, 05-27-2003 - 11:04pm|
People always say how formula is not as good as breastmilk, and some people also say that it's still pretty far from being what breastmilk is. But if it's far from breastmilk, from mature milk...just how much further is it from colostrum? Why has no formula company come up with a formula for the first 3-5 days only, to "replicate" colostrum? They could sell it more expensively as "liquid gold", ha ha ha (TIC).
But all joking aside...a newborn has to take in approximately 2 times the amount of formula as colostrum in order to get the same amount of protein, even though the protein content in formula is a bit higher than that of mature milk. This distends the baby's stomach and makes him feel hunger more sharply, afterwards...and he needs to eat more therefore. I assume this is why babies drink more formula in general than breastmilk fed babies...their tummies are used to being distended early on.
"Colostrum on day 1 has 0.96 g/ounce of protein (32 g/L or 1000 ml). On day
2, it has 0.51 g/ounce, and on day 3 it has 0.36 g/ounce.
Similac has 2.07 g of protein/148 ml which comes out to 0.42 g/ounce. So on
day one, colostrum has a bit over twice the amount of protein
that formula does; 1.3 times as much on day 2, and a bit lower than formula
on day 3."
Just wondering whether others have thought of this, and how formula, even if it WERE somewhat close to human milk...is still even further from colostrum...?