New & Improved Formula Might Be Just as Good as Breastmilk

BottleLadies, may I have your attention please? I know what you're thinking. Another formula article? But wait! Don't despair!

We have another entry in the baby feeding wars, and this one may be a game changer. Scientists studying formula think they have found a simple fix to bring bottle-fed babies more in line with their breastfed peers.

Are you ready for this? They think they can add more of the amino acids lactating mamas make for their babies to the cow's milk stuff other moms choose to give their wee ones. See? Moms all on the same page, they're trying to feed babies the same thing. Winning!

But wait, there's more! If we take this study and put it into practice, we might just be able to kill the "fat" formula-fed baby debate for good. Phewww!

In an admittedly small study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (there were just 30 families), scientists say they've been able to prove that formula that has extra glutamate keeps babies from "over-eating" from their bottles. Commonly found in abundance in breastmilk, there isn't as much of this building block of protein in cow's milk. But it seems this stuff could be what tells babies they're full and make them stop eating.


Science has gone back and forth on formula and weight issues so much it was hard for us breastfeeding failures (raises hand), women who couldn't breastfeed, and women who just plain chose to go the formula route not to feel like we sucked (no pun intended). No mom wants to start their kid off on the path to childhood obesity from the get-go! But the researchers were spending so much time changing their minds that we had no definitive answers.

Now we have something fairly definitive that we can point to and say, yeah, there is a way to make this whole thing work!

It's definitely worth noting that this particular study was funded by a group that makes amino acids. But don't write it off right away. Researchers have been talking about the benefits of glutamate in breastmilk for years. It turns out the glutumate in breastmilk has been linked to receptors in the tongue and plays an important role in glucose production.

And since I'm all about trying to bring moms together, I need to point out again: this is good for the breastfeeding group too! Scientists are acknowledging the golden elixir coming out of your mammary glands really does rock. It's so awesome, in fact, that they are turning to what you make to improve the stuff other moms use.

So let's hear it for moms feeling good about themselves and (more importantly really in the scheme of things) good about what they're putting into baby's tummy, huh?

Does your baby ever overeat? How have you dealt with it?


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Jackie Jacobs

cool! I'm aslway very cautious to new things that make formula just like breast milk. When they introduced DHA and ARA into formula it back fired in some ways because it claimed more then it did, it wasn't as useful to the baby as natural DHA  in breast milk and cause some babies to get really sick. (My nephew)

Lynette Lynette

this is such BS.

Felip... FelipesMom

I can't wait for more savvy cafemoms to comment, so I can actually learn something about this! I know there are mamas out there who know lots more than I do about it, and who will post here, pointing out the problems/questions/concerns about it. And probably with links too! Looking forward to coming back to this...

tinyp... tinypossum

You know, Lynette, people like you are jerks. We all know that breast is best but sometimes formula is necessary. Why in the world would we not want it to be as good and as close to breastmilk as possible. We all know your boobs work perfectly and your milk is like manna from heaven. Some other moms may not be so blessed. Nasty comments like yours are the reason that people hate the boob nazis. 

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

What I hope for this site is for Bottle feeding moms and Breast Feeding moms to be treated equally in articles. How about, instead of constantly comparing formula to breast milk, you simply give us Bottle Feeding Moms resources on trying to find/ decide on the best quality formula. Give us support without all the "Even though breast is best...." retoric. We KNOW breast is best, thanks, and for a lot of us its just not an option. I dont get all annoyed either way, but I enjoy this site and just hate it, as a bottle feeding mom, that I cant get reliable information here. 

miche... micheledo

I'm all for formula being made even better.  Babies that drink the formula need to have the very best that man/science can make.  But the title of your article is so wrong.  It leads moms to believe that formula might be just as good as breastmilk - and that will never happen.  Breastmilk is full of things that I don't think science will ever be able to create (stem cells, cancer killing cells, antibodies, etc) and even things I am sure science doesn't even understand.

Don't give the illusion that formula could be as good as breastmilk.  It simply can't.  BUT it can certainly be BETTER and that's a good thing!

jagam... jagamama0710

I think it's great they're trying to improve formula because as much as the breastfeeding bullies (not the activitsts, there is a difference) don't want to admit it, sometimes a mom needs to use formula. I FF my first after 3 months and BF my second for 2 years so I've done both. I never had an issue with either of my kids overeating though, even my FF little one. 

That said the title of this shouldn't say "just as good". The only thing that's "as good" as breastmilk is breastmilk. ;) 

jagam... jagamama0710

lol Maybe I should read comments before posting sometimes. micheledo pretty much said the same thing I did! :) 

Jespren Jespren

Ok article, really crappy title! There are all kinds of things in breastmilk and breastfeeding that will never be duplicated (anyone have free, sterile, and perfectly warmed formula on tap 24-7 everywhere they go?) But it is always good to make formula better.

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