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Updated: 2007-04-27T22:29:31Z

Sent by email: Thanks for this info, Tanya! I do think that doctors and nurses should know this. I also...

2008-08-26T00:15:51Z

Sent by email: Thanks for this info, Tanya! I do think that doctors and nurses should know this. I also...

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Thanks for this info, Tanya! I do think that doctors and nurses should know this. I also think that *everyone* should know this!
Thanks for the mathematical "flip" Deirdre. Sometimes I wonder why we don't see more statistics referring to the increased risk of formula feeding. Maybe more people would understand the benefits of breastfeeding if they also understood the risks of not.
-Beth

Sent by email: Thanks for the figures from 9,000 recent articles on breastfeeding. I am an asthma specialist and was...

2008-08-26T21:07:16Z

Sent by email: Thanks for the figures from 9,000 recent articles on breastfeeding. I am an asthma specialist and was...

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Thanks for the figures from 9,000 recent articles on breastfeeding. I am an asthma specialist and was stunned to learn that breastfed babies are 27 percent less likely to develop asthma as those fed formula. Five million children suffer from asthma. If all mothers would nurse their children, this number would be much smaller.
- Dr. Tom Plaut

Conversely, applying a bit of mathematical analysis: Artificial feeding *increases* babies' risk of these diseases by: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome...

2008-08-26T00:16:10Z

Conversely, applying a bit of mathematical analysis: Artificial feeding *increases* babies' risk of these diseases by: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome...

Conversely, applying a bit of mathematical analysis:

Artificial feeding *increases* babies' risk of these diseases by:

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): 56%
Type 1 Diabetes: 23-37%
Type 2 Diabetes: 64%
Leukemia (acute lymphocytic) : 23%
Leukemia (acute myelogenous): 18%
Asthma: 37%
Gastrointestinal infections: 178% (Almost 3 times the rate for breastfed!)
Lower respiratory tract diseases: 257% (That’s 3 1/2 times!)
Atopic dermatitis: 72%
Acute otitis media: 100% (Double!)

And artificial feeding *increases* mothers' risk of these diseases by:

Type 2 Diabetes: 4-14%
Ovarian cancer: 27%
Breast cancer: 39%