Infant Formula Is Fine
Women who can't breast-feed shouldn't feel guilty since there's likely no harm done, say researchers. A study by Ohio State University compared sibling pairs. One of the siblings received breast milk, and the other did not. Studying siblings, researchers were able to minimize effects of differences like education or income. The siblings, aged 4 to 14 years, were tested for body mass index, asthma, obesity, hyperactivity, math ability, memory-based intelligence and reading comprehension. On all measures, no statistically significant differences were found between breast-fed and bottle-fed siblings. Researchers say long-term benefits attributed to breast-feeding may have nothing to do with breast milk, but more to do with good health and wealth of women who breast-feed.