Parents, Put that Stranger’s Breast Milk Down and Pick Up a Bottle of Formula

We’ve heard the mantra and know it well: “Breast is best.” With the American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization recommending exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, the pressure to breastfeed begins well before baby arrives. Studies suggest that breastfed babies have decreased likelihood of allergies, asthma and illness, higher IQ and higher wages. But is breast milk, often known as “liquid gold” superior enough to warrant feeding your child milk from the freezer stash of a stranger you met online?

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