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For baby, artificial feeding increases the risk of the following diseases (among others*):


  • Otitis media (middle ear infection): 3 to 5 times more likely
  • Gastroenteritis: 6 times more likely
  • Diarrhea
  • Respiratory diseases (bronchitis, pneumonia): 2 to 5 times more likely
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): 3 to 5 times more likely
  • Lymphomas: 6 to 8 times more likely
  • Type-1 Diabetes: 2 to 7 times more likely
  • Necrotising enterocolitis: 20 times more likely
  • Inflammatory diseases of the intestine (ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease): 3 times more likely
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Breast Cancer in girls
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Hodgkin's disease
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vision troubles
  • Poor development of jaw muscles and malocclusion
  • IQ up to 8-10 points lower
  • Tooth decay (« bottle caries »)
  • Less effective immunisations (vaccines)
  • Premature death (in the first year of life): 26.5% increased risk

*Incidence of all diseases studied is higher in formula-fed babies than in breastfed babies.


For mother, NOT breastfeeding increases the risk for the following diseases (among others)


  • Post-partum haemorrhage
  • Pre-menopausal Breast Cancer: 2 times more likely
  • Ovarian Cancer: 1.6 times more likely
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • The mother who has Gestational Diabetes is 2 times more at risk of developing type-2 Diabetes later on if she does not breastfeed
  • Osteoporosis


Artificial feeding also has an important impact on

FAMILY

  • Artificial feeding is very demanding of time and energy: shopping for formula and supplies; preparation, cleaning/sterilising; etc.
  • Supplies – milks and accessories for formula feeding cost, in Canada, between 2000$ and 3000$ per year, per child.
  • Medical costs and lost wages stemming from higher illness rates in formula-fed babies are important.

 

SOCIETY

  • Artificial feeding costs the Canadian health care system billions of dollars per year.

 

THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Production and consumption of artificial baby milks are a significant source of pollution.

 

See also Dr. Newman's article « Risks of formula feeding »


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