An affordable yet nutritious milk? Yes, you can have it all!

An affordable yet nutritious milk? Yes, you can have it all!

It can be confusing to choose the right way to feed your little one. Let us help you make a more informed choice. Using two criteria – nutrition and price – we’ll show you which type of milk gives you the most value, and your child the nutrition he or she needs.

Every mum’s journey is different. You may have just weaned your baby at one year or two years. Or you may have been feeding with formula from the start. But at some point, you will be faced with the question: “Which is better? Formula milk or fresh milk?” Not knowing how to feed your little one best can be a confusing matter.

formula milk vs fresh milk

There are many things to consider when choosing between fresh milk and formula milk. | Image source: Shutterstock


So once your baby turns one-year-old, is fresh milk or formula milk better? To make matters more confusing, there are many brands in the market which can make it overwhelmingly hard to settle on the best way to feed your little one.

Don’t worry, mums. We’re here to help guide you so that you can make the best choice for your little one.

Formula Milk or Fresh Milk?

Breastmilk is the hands-down champion of all milks, but when it comes to the choice between formula milk and fresh milk, the answer might surprise you.

You’ve probably heard that after one year, you can choose fresh milk over formula milk. But if your child is not eating a wide variety of foods, fresh milk may not be a better alternative (in terms of nutrients).

As a parent, nutritional value is first and foremost in your mind. But your budget is also important – and milk can take a large chunk of your expenses in this stage of your child’s life. Let’s take a look at these two factors…

Which Is More Affordable?

• Formula milk can be more affordable than fresh milk. Did you know that Nestlé Lactogrow 3 (for one-year-olds and above) is 20% more affordable than the average price of fresh milk in Singapore? We’ve collated the prices of three popular fresh milk brands in Singapore and compared them to Nestlé Lactogrow 3 below.


Cost per serving

Cost per month

Lactogrow 3

$ 0.67

$ 60.54

Fresh Milk A

$ 0.79

$ 71.44

Fresh Milk B

$ 0.83

$ 74.25

 Fresh Milk C

$ 0.78

$ 69.75

*Calculation is based on 3 servings of milk per day. Costs of fresh milk are calculated based on the average of key fresh milk brands in Singapore. Data accurate as of July 2018.

When you break it down, the overall price of Nestlé Lactogrow 3 Formula Milk per serving is, on average, less than one serving of fresh milk.

Which Is More Nutritious?

Generally, growing up milk contains more nutrients for the growing toddler compared to  fresh milk.

After doing some thorough research with other fresh milk brands in Singapore, we’ve collected the data obtained into the table below:

Per Serving


Nestlé Lactogrow 3

Fresh Milk A

Fresh Milk B

Fresh Milk C
























In addition, Nestlé Lactogrow 3 also has a lot of other nutritional goodies, such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Zinc, Iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin C!

According to the American Association of Paediatrics, babies do not have a mature gut and so aren’t able to digest cow’s milk fully. But growing up milk is easier to digest.Growing up milk usually contains just enough protein, not too little, not too much. As can be seen from the table above, growing up milk has a lower amount of proteins and fats which is more suitable for the baby’s needs compared to fresh milk.

Furthermore, formula milk is also a great source of carbohydrates and energy, as it contains more carbohydrates than other brands of fresh milk and comparable amounts of energy. Exactly what a healthy baby needs to grow up!

formula milk vs fresh milk

Nestlé Lactogrow 3 Growing up milk formula has the nutrients your child needs!| Image source: Shutterstock

Nestlé Lactogrow 3 Growing up milk formula is also a rich source of:

  • Vitamin C, which you might know keeps the flu and colds at bay. For growing babies, vitamin C is needed to help the normal functioning of the immune system. It also helps to support normal collagen formation so that your baby’s bones can work properly. Fresh milk contains only small amounts of vitamin C – so small that fresh milk is not considered to be a major source of vitamin C.
  • Calcium, which helps to build strong bones and teeth.

In addition, it’s a good source of:

  • Vitamin A, which is absolutely needed for eye function and helps the immune system function normally.
  • Iron, which helps to make haemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to tissues. It also helps in developing your child’s cognitive functions. Fresh milk, on the other hand, doesn’t supply enough iron for babies to develop normally
  • DHA, an important nutrient that helps to aid the growth of your baby’s eyes and brain.
  • Zinc, which is needed for cell division, growth and normal immune function.

Which Gives You the Most Bang for Your Buck?

formula milk vs fresh milk

It’s all about value. Smart mums know that value is key in everything from managing your household to giving your kids the best you can afford.

For parents choosing between fresh milk and growing up milk, the value that Nestlé Lactogrow 3 gives your little one is clear. It’s all there in black and white.

Not only is Nestlé Lactogrow 3 more affordable, it provides the right balance of nutrients for your little toddler’s development. What’s more, the fortified nutrients can help your child’s development in these crucial growing up years.

Interested to learn more? Head over to this page: Nestlé Lactogrow 3  for more formula milk goodness!

Try out Nestlé Lactogrow 3 now! Each tin is only $37.60 for 1.8kg of this nutritious yet affordable choice of milk.

Nestlé Lactogrow 3 Growing Up Milk is now available in major supermarkets islandwide. Also available in Lactogen 2 Follow-on formula for children after 6 months old. Head over to your nearest supermarket store for some nutritional goodness!


References:, webmd,

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breast milk is the best for babies. The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age-appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use grow up milk or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

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