Breast milk is the only food perfectly designed for human babies. “It meets all of your infant’s nutritional needs and provides immune components that compensate for baby’s deficiencies, which is particularly important prior to receiving vaccinations,” asserts Laura E. Wilwerding, M.D., FAAP, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and the breastfeeding coordinator for the Nebraska chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
If breastfeeding isn’t a possibility for you, rest assured that formula can provide adequate nutrition. “It’s important that babies get an appropriate mix of calories, minerals, and vitamins,” says Charles Shubin, M.D., director of Children’s Health Center at Mercy FamilyCare at the Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. “With formula— and I was raised on it—what we’ve done as best we can is to make it equivalent to human milk.” The bottom line: If your baby is growing and acting happy and satisfied, her diet is most likely sufficient.