Extensive medical research shows that mothers' milk satisfies babies' nutritional needs far better than any manufactured infant formula.
It also protects babies against many common infectious diseases and certain inflammatory diseases, and probably helps lower the risk of a child later developing diabetes, lymphoma and some types of leukemia.
These conclusions appear in a major new review of the medical literature published by the Department of Pediatrics, The University of Texas in 2007.
Goldman AS, Hopkinson JM, Rassin DK. Benefits and risks of breastfeeding. Adv Pediatr. 2007;54:275-304.
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