Formula and breastmilk are not the same thing

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Formula and breastmilk are not the same thing
Sun, 08-12-2012 - 1:32pm

Worth a perusal:


Claims that infant formula is safe, economical, easy to use, and nutritionally complete are challenged in this article

The widespread belief that breastmilk confers health benefits only in developing countries is contradicted by the overwhelming data published in the last ten years.

A risk/benefit analysis by the United States National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences estimated that for every 1000 infants born in the US each year, four will die because they are not breastfed.

 A multicenter study in British neonatal units showed breastfeeding to be the single most effective method of preventing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in preterm infants.