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Friday, August 10, 2007Oh yeah, you read that right.
From the current (August 2007) issue of Parent's Magazine.
THE CLAIM Breast milk is best for babies.
THE TRUTH: Study after study has documented that breast milk can boost a baby's immune system and IQ and lower his risk for diabetes, obesity, even ADHD. So it's no wonder that the AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 mo. after birth. But not everyone is convinced that mother's milk is a panacea. "Most benefits associated with breastfeeding probably have as much to do with the child's environment and the family's socioeconomic status," says Parents advisor Darshak Sanghavi, M.D., author of A Map of the Child: A Pediatrician's Tour of the Body. "They're not due to some magical substance in breast milk."
THE BOTTOM LINE: Women who want to should certainly breastfeed, but don't feel guilty if you can't.
(bolding is mine...)
Now, I read that and I see this...
Study after study has shown over and over that breast milk has benefits that cannot be reproduced by formula use.
But this ONE doctor says s/he doesn't believe it.
Therefore, that ONE doctor may be a moron. I know I'd be switching to another health care provider if MY doctor chose to ignore medical fact in favor of their own theory.
Unfortunately, millions and million of women will read that, ignore the studies and say "well that person says it's not true and s/he is a DOCTOR! See!!! I told you there was no difference between breast milk and formula."
Let's hear it for responsible reporting.
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This is the type of thing that reminds me over and over why I don't give my hard earned money to the publishers of any of these parenting type magazines...