Does breast milk really provide more benefit over formula?

These days it seems unquestionable that breastfeeding is superior to formula. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months when possible. Nursing has been reported to help babies grow up smarter (higher IQs) and provide a number of health benefits.

Breastfeeding advocate group La Leche League states on its website that “breastfed babies have a decreased likelihood for allergies and dental caries…appropriate jaw, teeth, and speech development as well as overall facial development. This means that people who were artificially fed may experience more trips to doctors and dentists”. In addition, breastfeeding has been reported to decrease the prevalence of asthma, illness with diarrhea, and many more conditions.

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