2. Breast milk has never been found to contain metal particles. Formula has.
4. Breast milk doesn’t get stolen in huge quantities. (Hmm, I wonder how thieves would pull that off?) Because brand-name formula is so expensive, there’s a thriving black market trade in it.
5. Breast milk doesn’t get “off odor.”
6. Your baby’s burps don’t smell hideously of miso soup.
7. Breast milk isn’t made in a laboratory.
8. Breast milk has never been found to be contaminated with common warehouse beetles (larvae and adults).
9. A calf drinks cow milk, a kid drinks goat milk, a lamb drinks sheep milk, a human should drink ______ milk. A) Artificial B) Cow C) Human. You only get one choice.
10. In 1912 a pediatrician with twenty-five years of clinical experience, Henry L. Coit, tested the effect of feeding raw versus boiled cow’s milk on humans and other animals. He also reviewed previous experiments of giving one animal’s milk to another animal. He found that when human milk was fed to puppies they stayed alive but “in a very miserable condition,” and observed that: “All the animals fed by different methods of artificial feeding were inferior to the breast-fed animals, both at the time of the experiment and afterwards.”
11. Humans—like other mammals similar to us—have named ourselves after the very glands that produce milk. Unlike fish or reptiles, humans are of the Class Mammalia, bearing live young (instead of eggs), and suckling them with milk produced in the female’s mammary glands. Infant formula is not produced in the mammary glands.
12. Breastfeeding helps you lose weight.
13. When your baby is with you, he always has something safe and healthy to eat and drink.
14. Breastfeeding is less expensive.
15. Breastfeeding reduces your risk for diabetes.
16. Breastfeeding reduces your risk for breast cancer.
17. Breastfeeding helps you get more sleep.
18. Breastfeeding is cool.
19. Breastfeeding is fun.
20. Breastfeeding is sexy.
21. Breastfeeding advocates don’t “decline to comment” over and over when they are approached by journalists wanting to report on both sides of the story.
22. Breastfeeding advocates aren’t found guilty of a 5th infraction for running deliberately misleading advertising campaigns. Nor have they been told to pay $13.5 million for lying about their product.
23. Breastfeeding makes your baby smarter. Despite the advertisements to the contrary (see #22), adding synthetic fatty acids (DHA/ARA) extracted by processing alga or fungus with a toxic chemical, hexane to an artificial concoction of desiccated milk and corn syrup solids, does not.
Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, is a professional writer and mother of four. She is the editor of Toddler: Real-Life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love and co-author of The Baby Bonding Book for Dads. Her book, The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line, will be published by Scribner in April 2013.