Artificial infant food

(good only for artificial babies!)

This was interesting — the Wikipedia article on Infant formula. I know a lot of people don’t like Wikipedia, but there are citations throughout the article, and it certainly does a good job of encapsulating the topic “in a nutshell.”

In reading one of many breastfeeding books, one of the authors noted that health statistics are usually quoted in a way to make formula feeding seem the norm. For instance, it will talk about how that breastfeeding “reduces the risk” of a baby being obese or becoming diabetic — as if formula-fed infants are the standard, and breastfed infants are the variation. Instead, he pointed out that it would be more accurate to say that formula-feeding increases the risk of a baby being obese or becoming diabetic. Sounds worse that way, doesn’t it? But it’s true.

From the Wikipedia article:

In studies, formula-feeding is associated with increased likelihood of the following conditions in infants:

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