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.
Until now, researchers haven’t quite known why the immune systems of breastfed babies are better equipped.
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.
Industry marketing can shape beliefs about formula feeding.
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.
American support of the formula industry comes at the cost of the health and lives of Black and brown babies, at home and abroad.
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.