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Despite claims to the contrary, the real thing cannot be replicated. Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/DigitalVision via Getty Images

New technologies claiming to copy human milk reuse old marketing tactics to sell baby formula and undermine breastfeeding

Around the globe, 823,000 child deaths could be prevented annually with appropriate breastfeeding. Formula makers continue to defy a 40-year-old international code on marketing their product.
Research shows the breast milk of women who have recovered from COVID-19 offers a source of COVID-19 antibodies. (Shutterstock)

Breastfeeding research improves lives and advances health, but faces conflicts

Researchers don’t fully understand the composition of breast milk and its benefits. Beyond nutrition, it contains enzymes, hormones and the mother’s antibodies — including antibodies for COVID-19.
Infant formula manufacturers have been funding the development of guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of cows’ milk allergy in infants. from shutterstock.com

Infant formula companies are behind the guidelines on milk allergy, and their sales are soaring

New research shows a six-fold increase in sales of infant formula prescribed for babies with cows’ milk protein allergy in the UK, despite no evidence of an increase in the incidence of the allergy.
The formula industry has responded to the decline in sales to white women at home by ramping up its marketing to Black and brown women overseas. (Shutterstock)

U.S. support of formula over breastfeeding is a race issue

American support of the formula industry comes at the cost of the health and lives of Black and brown babies, at home and abroad.
A mother breastfeeding her infant. Breast milk is considered the best source of nutrition for babies. Lopolo/Shutterstock.com

Breastfeeding has been the best public health policy throughout history

As US mothers returned to breastfeeding, the market for infant formula dried up, leading formula makers to seek new markets in developing nations. Here’s how that led to a recent outcry.

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