...about formula saving babies' lives
Thursday, August 28, 2014 (The Irish Examiner Newspaper)
ABOUT 830,000 newborn babies would be saved every year if they had just one hour at their mother’s breast before being separated from her. That’s why Save the Children call breast milk a “super-food”. It is nature’s miracle-worker.
Babies in the developing world who are breastfed for six months are 15 times less likely to die from diarrhoea or pneumonia than their bottle-fed counterparts.
But babies in the developed world have nothing to fear from a lack of breast milk? Wrong. In 1989, the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences estimated that four out of every 1,000 American babies died because they were not breastfed.
American babies, then. Not our babies, surely? Wrong, too. Our babies are the same as babies everywhere. So are our boobs. Though you wouldn’t think it from our breast-feeding statistics: We