Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Formula Feeding: Increasing the Risk of Ear Infection

A 2009 study by the Agency for Healthcare Reasearch and Quality (AHRQ) pooled odds for infants receiving any formula use in the first 3 months suggested they were twice as likely to get an ear infection as infants who received only breast milk.   Most mothers know that breastmilk is the gold standard, but have been fooled into believing that formula is a close second.  The summary of this study found at the link above is one more proof that formula puts infants at risk.  Other studies show that premature infants who are breastfed have 8-10 point higher IQ scores than their artificially fed counterparts.  Give your baby a gift that lasts a lifetime...breastfeed!