Which milk is the closest to breast milk?

April 16, 2018

Yes, we all know, breast milk is the best milk; it is ideal, due to its unique composition which makes it perfect.

But if you cannot breastfeed your baby or you run low on breastmilk,  you will need a good alternative! Do you want to know which milk is the closest to breast milk? Let us share with you our point of view based on our very own experience and research:

Babies energetic and nutritional requirements are very high, because of their growth. Their movements and reactions have to develop as well as their digestion, metabolism, excretory functions and the immune system. In general, we advise against the approach to substitute breast milk with a raw animal (non human-mammalian) or plant milk. Studies show that the feeding of raw animal milk does not meet the nutritive requirements of babies.

Whole cream cow’s milk, for instance, has a high protein and mineral level and this is challenging for the babies kidneys. It also lacks iron, iodine, and vitamins.

Goat milk nutrients are similar to cows milk. But there is missing folic acid and vitamin B12.

Sheep milk has in comparison to breastmilk a clearly higher level of energy, protein, fat, and minerals. The protein components are similar to the ones of cow’s and goat’s milk.

Mare's milk is from a nutritional point of view compared with others animal milk the closest to human breast milk, but it has a different mineral content and a low energy level.

All plant milks nutritional content does not fulfil the needs of a growing baby. Amongst others,  there is very significant lack of vitamins and minerals. Except specific composed soy formulas plant milk has serious deficiencies.

Our conclusion is that feeding your baby exclusively with a substitutional non human-mammalian milk is not a good idea, even the ones closest to breast milk are still lacking important components.

We consider industrially produced infant formulas the best alternative to breast milk, as long as they are 100% organic.  

Though industrially made formulas can only imitate breast milk and most formulas cannot recreate the bioactive substances, cholesterol, and enzymes, that are exclusively found in breast milk. It also does not adapt organically to the different growth stages of the baby as the miraculous breast milk does. Therefore it is important to choose specific formulas that are adapted to the different growth stages.

Though industrially manufactured infant formula improves day by day in order to meet the nutritional requirements of babies, non-organic formulas can still contain harmful ingredients. Even organic formulas produced in the USA still include ingredients that have been banned in Europe. To avoid exposing your baby to these dangerous elements always make sure to read the formula's label carefully.

Our conclusion is no matter if you choose to feed your baby formulas based on cow, goat or sheep milk - try to always choose an organic brand, ideally manufactured in Europe, as they don't include harmful ingredients that USA organic formulas still permit. European Formulas such as Holle, HiPP, and Lebenswert are tightly controlled and meet specific requirements and standards that cannot be compared to USA Formulas.

While some mothers prefer Goat Milk as it can cause fewer allergies, others prefer cow Milk. We suggest: feed and find out!

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