Why Were Mothers Told Formula Was Better Than Breast Milk?
Babies need about 60 minerals, several fatty acids, 12 or 15 amino acids, live enzymes, a dozen vitamins, numerous friendly bacteria and as much physical contact as possible to be their healthiest. Nursing provides all of this and more. But in the 1940's and 1950s, formula-producing companies began to aggressively advertise in both women's magazines and in medical journals. Soon doctors were telling moms that breast milk was watery, worthless and possibly dangerous. The “formula” industry was born.
Moms who didn't want to spend money on commercial formula were advised that putting Karo syrup in evaporated milk, cow's milk or water would be OK for their babies instead.
Have things really changed much since then? Maybe not. Even today, baby “formula” has only a third as many nutrients as Puppy Chow and a tiny fraction of what is in mom's milk. Baby formula is a $13 billion business today. This figure is most likely dwarfed by the cost of treating diseases later in life that stemmed from malnutrition in the early years.
Finally, after fifty years of this nonsense, things have gone full circle. Latest recommendations say for baby to eat and drink only breast milk for the first six months of life. The only exception is where the mom is full of environmental or drug poisons.
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