Breastfeeding & Bottlefeeding articles
Breastfeeding  & Bottle-feeding

[2009] Breasts in Mourning: How Bottle-Feeding Mimics Child Loss in Mothersí Brains By Jesse Bering  According to a new theory being proposed by University of Albany evolutionary psychologist Gordon Gallup and his colleagues, the decision to bottle-feed is tantamount, in the motherís psyche, to mourning the loss of the child. At least, thatís how a womanís body seems to respond to the absence of a suckling infant at its breasts in the wake of a successful childbirth. In a soon-to-be-published article in Medical Hypotheses, the authors argue that bottle-feeding simulates the unsettling ancestral condition of an infantís death:
    Opting not to breastfeed precludes and/or brings all of the processes involved in lactation to a halt. For most of human evolution the absence or early cessation of breastfeeding would have been occasioned by miscarriage, loss, or death of a child. We contend, therefore, that at the level of her basic biology a motherís decision to bottle feed unknowingly simulates child loss

[2013 Feb] Baby formula milk should have cigarette-style health warnings telling mothers breast is best, says top charity

[2012] Breastmilk Stem Cells: Itís not just food By Hilary Butler

[2012 April] THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF BREAST MILK by Peggy O'Mara If 50% of moms were exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months as the American Academy of Pediatrics and Healthy People 2010 recommend, the total yearly economic value of US breast milk would be at least $28 billion.

[2012 Feb] Breastfeeding - missing the bigger picture by Hilary Butler  The problem with saying that FORMULA feeding is a choice, is that actually, people who feed formula, aren't given a choice.....Breastfeeders are the tiny minority in this country, which is why formula is seen as "normal". ...The reason that most of the 2 - 5% of women, who physically cannot breastfeed, put formula in bottles in this country, is because they have no choice but to put formula in that bottle.  First, at the highest level of the paediatric community in this country there is NO COMMITMENT to educating parents of the necessity to breastfeed babies, or to cater for those who CANNOT.  (Note that word - CANNOT.  Not.... "won't")  High level commitment, could have had led to a smoothly operating, nation-wide breast milk bank  in New Zealand over a decade ago.  Parents should be provided with detailed information on WHY breastfeeding is vital.  Note that word: VITAL - not "optional".

[2011 Aug] Babies forced onto formula feeding because of IV fluids given to their mothers   Bottom line: new research published in BMC's journal International Breastfeeding Journalshows that a newborn's initial weight loss may be simply due to the infant's body regulating its hydration after being exposed to IV fluids prior and during birth.

[2011 June pdf] Fern R. Hauck, et al. Pediatrics. Breastfeeding and Reduced Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Meta-analysisMeta-analysis. CONCLUSIONS: Breastfeeding is protective against SIDS, and this effect is stronger when breastfeeding is exclusive. The recommendation to breastfeed infants should be included with other SIDS risk-reduction messages to both reduce the risk of SIDS and promote breastfeeding for its many other infant and maternal health benefits. Pediatrics 2011; 128:000CONCLUSIONS: Breastfeeding is protective against SIDS, and this effect is stronger when breastfeeding is exclusive. The recommendation to breastfeed infants should be included with other SIDS risk-reduction messages to both reduce the risk of SIDS and promote breastfeeding for its many other infant and maternal health benefits. Pediatrics 2011; 128:000

[2007] James W Prescott, Ph.D. Why breastfeeding mothers are important

[2006] James W. Prescott, Ph.D. letter Dr. Charles H. Halstead, Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that alerts him to the dangers of infant formula feeding for the formation of the brain neurotransmitters necessary for social bonding and requesting his support for a national review of this subject by DHHS Secretary Leavitt and the urgent need to take corrective actions.

Every Parent Should Know The Scandalous History Of Infant Formula

Breastfeeding and Guilt by Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC.

[pdf] BREASTFEEDING BONDING FOR 2.5 YEARS OR LONGER: PREVENTING DEPRESSION, SUICIDE AND VIOLENCE By James W. Prescott

[2006] Suck On This by Pat Thomas 

The Myths of Milk by E Cheraskin, M.D., D.M.D. 

POSITION PAPER on THE ROLE OF VACCINES IN SIDS compiled by Hilary Butler.

Thoughts on breastmilk and vitamin contents by Hilary Butler

Bottle feeding & breast feeding by Dr Mendelsohn MD

[1994 Cheraskin] The Myths of Milk Cheraskin,Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 1994

[2009 April] Breastfeeding may help reduce mothers' risk of strokes and heart attacks

Breastfeeding protects against rheumatoid arthritis

[Media July 2002] Moms who breast-feed reduce infants' asthma risk

[Media Feb 2004] Breast-feeding may lower blood pressure in childhood

Bottle vs. breast: Making best feeding choice By DANA O'MEALLIE, RD, LD, CLC, BabyNet Coalition

FAKE BOOBS AND BREASTMILK ("SOMETHING IS GETTING OUT OF THE BAG")

Silicon, silicone, and breast implants - Letter to the Editor

Watch Your Language By Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC

Polyvinyl Chloride and Breastmilk

Lipservice to breastfeeding and breastfeeding rates