Consideration 9 - Other Evidences of Infant Formula Failure

Wikipedia - Interleukins are a group of cytokines that were first seen to be expressed by white blood cells. ILs can be divided into four major groups based on distinguishing structural features. However, their amino acid sequence similarity is rather weak. The human genome encodes more than 50 interleukins and related proteins.

Dr. Sears says

  • “Many pediatricians who have developed a keen eye and sense of touch over years of examining babies report that they can often tell by the look and feel of an infant’s skin whether or not the baby is breastfed or formula-fed. The skin of a breastfed baby often has a softer, smoother feel. There is also less delineation between where the fat under the skin ends and the underlying muscle begins. The skin of formula-fed babies tends to be rougher with dry, often sandpaper-like, patches. Breastfed babies feel more solid. Researchers report that the subcutaneous fat in breast and formula-fed infants actually has a different composition. [Dr. Sears has several pages of information that supports my point of view]

 

“BREASTFED BABIES HAVE BETTER VISION

Not only does breastmilk build brighter brains and healthier bodies, it’s valuable to baby’s vision. Studies comparing breastfed and formula-fed infants show that visual development (called visual acuity) is more advanced in breastfed babies.”

http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding-eating/breastfeeding/why-breast-is-best/3-little-known-benefits-breastfeeding

We conclude that the thymus is considerably larger in breastfed than in formula-fed infants at the age of 4 months. The cause of this difference is unknown but human milk contains many immune modulating factors that might cause this effect.”

Acta Paediatr. 1996 Sep;85(9):1029-32.

“In the first year of life, after adjusting for confounders, there were 2033 excess office visits, 212 excess days of hospitalization, and 609 excess prescriptions for these three illnesses per 1000 never-breastfed infants compared with 1000 infants exclusively breastfed for at least 3 months.”

. Health care costs of formula-feeding in the first year of life.

Ball TM1, Wright AL.