Bad Science: Breast Milk and Formula

Bad Science: Breast Milk and Formula

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of SciShow. [ ♪INTRO ] If you’ve had a baby in the last couple
decades or so, you’ve probably been told that “breast is best.” That you should make sure your baby gets only
breast milk for the first six months of its life. It’s a saying that has the ring of science
to it — breast milk has so many amazing properties, it must be far superior to anything
else we can give our infants. That includes commercial infant formula. But a three-word phrase never paints the whole
picture. So what’s the truth about breast milk and
infant formula? As mammals, we’re adapted to naturally produce
a fluid that meets our offspring’s nutritional needs. And our newborns can’t process solid food,
so they need to eat something liquid. But what about when a newborn doesn’t have
access to breast milk? Use of wet nurses, or people who breastfeed
other people’s babies, was common before bottle feeding became a thing. When there wasn’t another lactating person
available, caregivers turned to…other liquids. Throughout recorded history, infants have
been given all kinds of breast milk alternatives, including animal milks, softened bread, soups,
honey, and even wine. All of which had the potential to make babies
sick, in part because it was hard to keep feeding vessels clean enough to stave off
infection. Not that commercial formulas were much better,
at least when they first started hitting the market in the 19th century. They didn’t contain nearly enough protein,
vitamins, and minerals. Plus, improper storage often caused them to
spoil. So most infants were still breastfed prior
to the 1930s. But that began to change thanks to several
factors, including more aggressive marketing from manufacturers of infant formula. By 1929, the American Medical Association
formed a committee to oversee baby formula, and a few years later, the government created
regulations to prevent formula companies from hawking their product directly to consumers. But they were allowed to solicit to physicians,
who would turn around and share glowing reviews about formula with their patients. In turn, breastfeeding rates dropped steadily
through the 1970s. Breastfeeding also declined in economically
disadvantaged regions of the world. Many people couldn’t afford enough formula
to feed their infants, so they diluted it. And not all had access to clean water. To make matters worse, some were illiterate
and couldn’t read the instructions to prepare formula safely. And though it’s hard to separate from other
factors that could have contributed to the decline, many doctors and researchers blamed
aggressive advertising tactics. As late as 1960s, people around the world
started to fall out of love with formula. By 1991, the World Health Organization and
UNICEF launched the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, known as the BFHI. Their goal was to help maternity wards support
breastfeeding, and thereby drive the overall rate of breastfeeding up. There are ten guidelines, which they call
the ten steps to successful breastfeeding, that birthing facilities need to follow to
earn BFHI accreditation. They include teaching parents how to breastfeed,
and making sure parents and infants have access to breastfeeding support even after they leave
the hospital. Breastfeeding rates have improved globally
ever since BFHI’s inception, and that’s associated with healthier infants and even
fewer deaths. That’s all great news, right? Breastfeeding rates went up, and kids are
doing better because of it. Breast is best. The end. Roll the credits! Except as usual, the truth doesn’t boil
down to a simple slogan. Breastfeeding really is linked to better health
outcomes. The data pretty clearly show that, on the
whole, breastfed babies tend to fare better than those who get formula. Breastfed babies have lower incidence of childhood
obesity, and the longer they’re breastfed, the less likely they are to become obese. Or take diabetes. Breastfeeding seems to protect against later
development of type 1 or type 2 diabetes in babies, and against the development of type
2 diabetes in parents who breastfeed. Necrotizing enterocolitis is another big one. It’s a devastating disorder that leads to
tissue death in the bowels of premature infants, and breast milk has been shown to protect
against it. It doesn’t stop there. Breastfeeding is also strongly associated
with a whole raft of other desirable outcomes, including lower incidence of asthma, childhood
leukemia, ear infections, respiratory infections, and sudden infant death syndrome. Breastfed babies also seem to do better later
in childhood and even adulthood. On the whole, they have better school performance
and possibly even higher salaries than those who weren’t breastfed. Taken together, all the research from government
agencies and medical journals over the past few decades is pretty compelling. But is it the actual material properties of
breast milk at work, or something else? See, there’s a complicating factor that
goes with all that science on the benefits of breast milk. The vast majority of the data on long-term
infant feeding outcomes are observational. That means that they’re from studies where
researchers watch what people do and take notes on what happens next, rather than designing
a controlled experiment for them to participate in. Unlike the formula companies of yesteryear,
researchers are sticklers for ethics. And there are ethical barriers to randomly
assigning one group of infants to receive breast milk and the other to receive formula. So instead of randomized controlled studies,
researchers who study the effects of breastfeeding and formula feeding are comparing the babies
who happen to breastfeed with the babies who happen to get formula. And families that breastfeed tend to differ
in several important ways from families that don’t. For example, in a sample of Florida mothers
from 2013, those who breastfeed were more likely to be married rather than single, to
have achieved higher levels of education, to not smoke, and to have better access to
healthcare than their formula-feeding counterparts. And in low and middle income countries, those
using breast milk substitutes may be forced to prepare them with unsafe water. And that’s not even a full list of differences. As you can see, there are a lot of confounding
factors when it comes to infant feeding. One of these is socioeconomic status. U.S. data from 2013 show that 70% of college
graduates breastfed infants for at least 6 months, compared to just 38% of those who
hadn’t graduated from high school. Similarly, of those living at 6 times the
poverty line, 70% were still breastfeeding at 6 months, compared to just 38% of those
living below the poverty line. In high-income areas, breastfeeding moms are
more likely to be health-conscious, and have the time and resources to promote healthy
behaviors. So it’s very tricky to control for other
factors when looking at the potential benefits of breast milk. One way that researchers have tried wrangle
these variables is to look at siblings. Siblings are exposed to a lot of the same
socioeconomic factors, and often have the same parents. So if one was breastfed and one wasn’t,
they can be compared to one another a little more directly, and some of those variables
are controlled for. In 2014, U.S. researchers carried out a major
sibling study that compared feeding methods for thousands of siblings born since the 1980s. When comparing kids between the ages of 4
and 14 from different families, those who were breastfed had lower incidence of obesity,
asthma, and hyperactivity, and higher math and reading proficiency. But when they compared those same measures
for siblings growing up in the same families, the differences between breastfeeding and
formula feeding all but disappeared. There has been one major randomized controlled
infant feeding study. The Promotion of Breastfeeding Intervention
Trial, or PROBIT, was carried out in Belarus and published in 2001. To avoid ethical fouls, researchers didn’t
assign some babies to receive breast milk and others to receive formula. Instead, they randomized over 17,000 mother-infant
pairs into two groups. In one group, the BFHI model was used to encourage
breastfeeding. The other group wasn’t given those guidelines. As expected, the group that received encouragement
ended up with higher breastfeeding rates. The researchers followed these kids into childhood
and adolescence and found that both groups ended up with similar incidence of asthma
and allergies, no difference in behavioral issues, similar weight and blood pressure,
and more. So yeah, breast milk is pretty awesome. But once you start to account for all the
other variables that can affect an infant’s life, it becomes really clear that feeding
is not the only thing that affects an infant’s future. There’s one notable exception to all of
this — there’s strong evidence that breast milk has a significant protective effect on
the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis in premature and low birth weight newborns. But outside of that? There’s not actually enough evidence to
tell parents that they have to breastfeed to ensure their kids will be healthy. Despite how messy all of this is, the “breast
is best” adage still prevails in many circles. Some researchers are starting to suggest that
certain BHFI guidelines, like a ban on pacifiers, could be doing more harm than good. Some of the guidelines provide great support
for new parents just learning to care for their baby. But others might be less great. One of the most widespread breastfeeding recommendations,
related to BFHI’s step 6, is to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of life,
no other food or drink at all. But that idea isn’t backed by science or
history. Newborns have been fed milk alternatives throughout
history for lots of reasons, including their parents not producing enough milk in the first
few days after birth. New parents may be told that newborns who
nurse frequently will get enough milk — that their bodies will produce as much as the infant
needs. Except that’s just not true. Up to an estimated 15% of people breastfeeding
don’t make enough milk. In fact, in limited cases, dehydration can
actually arise as a complication of exclusive breastfeeding when parents aren’t making
enough milk. Nutritional deficiencies and failure to thrive
have been seen as well. Supplementing frequent breastfeeding with
formula — or pumped or pasteurized donor breast milk — can prevent excess weight
loss in infants. In other words, a bit of formula can sometimes
be a big help. In fact, there’s some evidence to show that
a little extra formula early on may help establish breastfeeding long-term. With all of the baggage that comes with the
conversation on how to feed our babies, one thing’s clear: Breast milk is great. But that doesn’t mean formula should be
framed as harmful, because the evidence isn’t there. Formula companies have definitely acted unethically
at certain points in the past. And formula isn’t identical to breast milk. But formulas these days are leagues above
those of yesteryear. They’re highly regulated to contain as much
good, healthy nutrition as we can manage. Formula still doesn’t mimic everything about
breast milk, including good bacteria and immune proteins. And these do confer certain benefits — like
especially helping protect against necrotizing enterocolitis. It’s just that the lack of these things
doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker. Breastfeeding and formula feeding come with
pros and cons, and those often vary from family to family depending on resources, employment
status, and geographic location and lifestyle. One important factor to consider is cost. Yes, you don’t have to fork over cash money
for breast milk like you do with formula, but breastfeeding is only free if a parent’s
time is worth nothing. Bottom line: if you have the means to prepare
formula right, there’s no reason to fear it. This is ultimately of course a decision for
parents to make. But we can tell you that the evidence says…formula
is fine. Just remember to ask your doctor if you have
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100 thoughts on “Bad Science: Breast Milk and Formula

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  2. I don't understand why lower income people wouldn't breastfeed; I feel like we have to breastfeed because we can't afford formula.
    Also, breastfeeding does have proven health benefits for the mother, few of which he mentioned.

  3. This episode should have one of the 'you're being advertised too' disclaimers.

    How much did infamil break you off for this? Never trust a channel ran by homosexuals

  4. Since we had twins and my wife had to have a C-section she wasn't able to produce enough for them both. That coupled with one of our children not attaching properly lead to several sleepless nights in the hospital and a significant amount of shaming by some of the nurses. It's been nearly three years and our twins are growing and progressing quite well however my wife still feels like she failed this part of motherhood all because of some damn nurses. My advice is do what you can and enjoy the time you have with them. I believe and I think the data shows that nurture is more important than nature in regards to where they get their liquid based diets.

  5. I really appreciate SciShow for their godly works. Non-scientists people need someone like you to translate scientific results in an easy-to-understand, complete, and correct way. It's scary how so many people have been driven to extremism just because they were given an incomplete picture of science – a form of lie. Even scientists like myself need you to relay our knowledge to the mass effectively.

  6. Feeding my preemie breast milk while watching this. Because she’s so small they suggested to supplement with formula for the extra calories to help her gain weight.

  7. I have almost been a victim of the scandalous formula feeding manipulation. Where I was told by medical professionals that I am just not producing enough. I am glad I held my ground.

  8. Formula is fine only when there is absolutely no other alternative. Otherwise it is just not fine.

  9. Here are herbs that help produce milk, milkmaid and fenagreek that I know of but there's probably more out there. If you take these herbs do it with vanilla ice cream or yogurt.

  10. Possibly being more successful into adulthood- Is it breast milk, or is it moms that can stay home and breastmilk that care about their babies? VS just feeding formula and having stressed out absentee mom at work

  11. I find it difficult to accept that an industrial manufacturered food is as good as a natural one.
    Its not true for adults so how is it good for babies?..

  12. I wonder why some benefits about the immune system in babies have been left unmentioned. Aren't there antibodies in human milk that we cannot mimic with formula? Isn't there less disease in breastfed babies?

  13. If you like baby throw up, buy formula..if you remembered you have to buy formula with money, use free milk thats sitting on your chest

  14. Researchers are sticklers for ethics? I don't know which world you live in, but in my world, researchers are whores of industry. Industry funded studies are becoming the norm, and even the top journals are complaining that legitimate studies are becoming a rare commodity. If you're not aware of the plethora of fake science out there, welcome to the herd.

  15. huh thats odd..I'm surprised more lwer income don't breastfeed. I'm in the lower income braket and I breastfed, I think about half my parent friend group did as well, since I mostly am surrounded by others in the same bracket. our comunity has been active in advocating breastfeeding. the breast is best for us because then we aren't spending a lot on forumula. to say nothing of the health benifits.

  16. I think its more nurture versus nature.
    people that can afford it keep their children away from pollution, feed them all the food groups and have the time to either help their children or pay for them to have a higher level of education, thus giving them a higher chance for a well paying job.
    whilst poor people dont really have the luxury of always having all the main food groups to feed their kids, they're forced to work long hours so they cant spend the time with their kids to help them learn and sometimes they have to live in really shitty areas where theres black mold, and or pest infestations. Breast milk is healthier for your baby because you give them your antibodies and all your good bacteria to give the baby a big boost to its immune system but its not nessicary.

  17. OK so I’m not gonna lie. I am always on this side of natural. And definitely on the side of breastfeeding! However, he didn’t get my attention. It is absolutely true that not everyone can breast-feed. Are used to think that it was selfish not to, and if you really wanted to you you would find a way to make that time. That’s my personality. But he’s right about being poor versus wealthy. My mother was a single mother and did not breast-feed near my sister. But I ended up breast-feeding my son and daughter… and yes I am married. He definitely put breast-feeding and a new perspective for me. And yes there is a broad spectrum of experiments done and I never believed them however, I do like that he talked about sibling verses sibling.. At the moment I am preparing my oldest person is my youngest with immunizations. I like this question vs answer. Looking forward hearing to more

  18. You have left me confused, so dad's whose families breastfeed have a lower incidence of type 2 diabetes?

  19. Wait, did you literally just say that Breastfeeding was only free if the parent's time was worth nothing?? What? LOL You got that so wrong. Also, I really don't want a man sitting here telling the world about something you literally cannot even do. Get a woman researcher up there who has children and has breastfed and also bottle fed her children. She can spout all the research the same but also, you know, she has actually done these things. Coming from you it just seems weird.

    Also, the factors involving people who don't make enough milk or babies who don't thrive revolved around women not knowing HOW to breastfeed properly. It's a huge problem. It isn't about the actual breastmilk itself.

  20. The reason the breastfeeding mother number is so low under poverty level is flawed. They breastfeed because it’s free but lie about it to get the free formula from welfare programs like WiC to sell to neighbors and friends.

  21. "Breast feeding is only free if the parents time means nothing". Interesting perspective, I would argue that means her time's value is even greater because she is taking it to bond with her baby. Also, it's faster and easier to breast feed than to prepare formulas. Breast milk is on demand. The only way it's time consuming is if she isn't pumping so the father can feed while she sleeps or works. Seems this video is lacking a lot of nuance and research. As long as formula is made with cow milk proteins it will be harder to digest than a mother's milk. Plus there are two stages of breast milk, which for the first 48 hours is not true milk and even more beneficial.

  22. You know studies are strecthing it a little bit when they relate breast feed with SALARY, there are so many variables to track on that.

  23. IN SHORT; history has repeatedly proven that corporations cannot be trusted with the health of our children.

  24. Are you using "parent" instead of "mother" to refer to the milk-producing parent just in case it's ever happened that a man fathered a child, then underwent sex-change procedures that took effect so quickly that by the time the child was born, he was now a she and could breast feed the infant? I'm an old man. I try to be tolerant, as the times now demand, but that scenario just seems wrong to me. I consider that only mothers can breast feed, not "parents."

  25. Formula, a heavily processed milk is fine for newborns ? Next, this dude is gonna tell us that cola is safe as replacement for water.

  26. We still don't know way too much, but i'd say go with what worked for a few millions of years over what's been invented less than a century ago. Also, this is kind of ignoring the whole bonding and closeness aspect of the issue, babies aren't toys you need to occasionally feed and wash, and the modern mindset, especially of those pro formula, converts them to exactly that.

  27. I wasn't breastfed and my IQ is above average guineas. I was allergic to breastmilk. My mom tried though sadly my parents found out three days later I wasn't growing so they had to give me formula I was in the hospital for a weak having to be treated for severe allergic reactions to the breastmilk. I am very lucky to be alive today. I am very grateful for modern medicine.

  28. That's interesting. I know in my family my grandma didn't want to use formula because of the cost… But she just couldn't breastfeed. It was impossible due to a condition. Which was bad because they didn't have a lot of money and formula is $$$. So I am definitely pro helping women do it properly but just pushing one or the other with fear tactics and ignoring the mother's reality is in itself dangerous. Imagine if my grandma had been made scared of formula! She had no other options.

  29. I don’t wanna be THAT person, but I’m going to be THAT person anyways and say: parents that breastfeed???? As far as I know, only MOTHERS have the physical ability to breastfeed 🤔

  30. My younger sister ate so much when she was born that at 2 weeks my parents were having to feed her formula with mashed up soggy corn flakes just to keep her full for a minute.

  31. My daughter was hungry after I breast fed her, and she got small amounts of baby cereal when she was 2 weeks old. The doctors frowned on it, but my daughter has no food allergies, so, no harm, no foul!!!

  32. Best time of my life, I finally had decent size breasts & a reason to have them out in public! Was a bit ahead of my time in 1982.

  33. I don't get why colostrum wasn't mentioned as well as the antibodies that are passed to the baby, and the fact that the vitamin D in formula is not as easily absorbed as vitamin D in breastmilk. There are actual benefits that you can't get with formula. I don't think that mentioning those things would have taken away from the driving point that it's ok not to breastfeed, because it is, and formula is better if the mother can't produce milk or is taking needed medications, etc.

    I went to a one-time intro to breastfeeding class when I was pregnant, they discussed the benefits over formula, but also emphasized that you aren't a bad mom if you can't breastfeed. One of the things that stuck with me I've repeated to people who felt guilty about using formula: "if you can breastfeed the first day, that's great! The baby will receive the colostrum you produce and get a great start. If you can breastfeed the first week, that's great! Your baby will benefit by having your antibodies passed to them during that time and have a great start…" She went on to praise a month, 3 months, 6 months and so on. The message was that regardless of what you can do and for how long, any of it is beneficial and you're doing a great job. I wish more women were told the same thing. I especially needed it because at the time my husband (now ex) told me if I didn't exclusively breastfeed then I didn't want what was best for our baby, and threw out any sample formula I received. I was really afraid I wouldnt be able to breastfeed until I went to the class. He was a colossal douche lol

  34. Since my mome lactated a lot, she would secretly give my dad breast milk with chocolate, and after 2 years of drinking chocolate milk, my dad diabetes disappeared, (he was starting to have diabetes, and didn't need insulin shots yet.). He stopped drinking breast milk bc he descovered her scheme xD I don't know why people get so disgusted for human breast milk if they drink milk from a cow…. and its better milk.

  35. My mom didn't have milk and the deranged doctors told her formula is horrible and that she should wait for her milk to come however long so I spent 1st 3 days of my life on chamomile tea… Yeah, end of 80s in Europe, doc should've known better. Thankfully I ate formula after that and have 0 health issues. So don't fret, other factors are way more important, like playing in dirt

  36. Thank you so much for this! The 'breast is best' was pushed so much when I was pregnant that I felt so much shame and guilt that I couldn't produce after birth. I already felt like a bad mom because I already couldn't provide the best for my child. Thank you so much

  37. Not true! The more you breastfeed the more milk you have!!! It's a simple Demand-Supply relationship. If you feed your baby formula additionally, they'll drink less of your milk, so your body will produce less milk. So if you want to breastfeed, don't give formula (or only minimum very rarely) But if you choose formula for whatever reason, no judgement here, do what's best in your opinion:))
    I'm just giving a tip to those who want to breastfeed (like I did, and I was given this valuable tip when I was a young mommy).

  38. I breastfed my daughter and had enough milk for twins. I pumped when I went back to work. When I switched her to formula I had to switch her three to four times to get one she could tolerate. If it was for the WIC program I wouldn't have been able to afford it at all.

  39. Body type too. I was told that it didn't matter if I had flat nipples, it did. I had to stop nursing both my kids because my flat nips were ripping off.

  40. This is ridiculous have you ever even looked at the ingredients on a formula can?! The first ingredients are corn syrup and oil it's no wonder that it causes obesity it's like sugar poison for babies. And that's not even considering the organic formula that have been shown to have arsenic in it

  41. Formula babies have to use more blood in their gut to process the artificial powder. More blood in the gut means less blood in the brain.

  42. It is INSANE how much mothers tear each other down on the internet. Your not a "real" mother if you don't breastfeed, if you don't have a vaginal birth, if you used any sort of pain blockers, etc. I was doing research on C-sections about a year ago for something completely unrelated and found a blog written by a mother who had to have one. She wanted a natural birth, but there was a medical complication and she had to have a C-section to save her life as well as her baby. PEOPLE WERE LEGIT TELLING HER THAT SHE SHOULDN'T CALL HERSELF A REAL MOTHER OR A GOOD MOTHER, because she "put her own convenience and comfort ahead of her baby's needs", right there in the comments. Saying that she didn't "really" give birth. It was DISGUSTING. Every birth is different, and every baby is different. There are some horrible stories out there, but for the vast majority of the time, EVERY mother does what's best for her baby and her circumstances. Full stop. Trust that Mommy has her baby's interest at heart unless you 100% have reason to suspect otherwise, and stop putting your nose where it doesn't belong.

  43. Formula: The science is in! Formula is better!
    Whoops turns out that was a lie brought on by capitalism.
    Formula: No really this time! The science is in! Formula is better!
    Whoops turns out they were trying to starve African babies to make a buck…
    Yeah sorry no. The only place "formula is better" comes from is desire to sell a product no one needs.
    Fool me seven times, shame on you. Fool me eight or more times, shame on me.

  44. If only you would have made this two years ago it would have helped me so much. Thank you! I failed to breastfeed my baby because of reason (really, really big, health-related reasons) and I felt like I had failed as a mother and had ruined my baby's life. It was a really hard period of my life and I had felt so much better if someone would just have told me formula is fine. Today my child is a healthy, happy toddler and I love him more than anything. Thank you again! You have no idea how much this video means to me.

  45. Yes!!! So many women are shamed for not wanting to breast feed or feel guilty for not being able to! It’s also really hard for moms going back to work, depending on their jobs, to keep a regular pumping schedule! The shame has to end!

  46. if you're a stupid person, you probably watched < the first minute and assumed the video claims formula is better than breast milk.
    the video says breast milk is best, except when it's not. we don't need parent-shaming out of ignorance. don't be that person.

  47. Thank you for using the word 'parent' instead of simply 'mother'. Not only mothers feed the baby, and not everyone who lactates and nurses may identify as a woman. A small detail, but appreciated.

  48. In 2008, when our boy was born, the mantra was more like "breastfeed or die!" I did my own homework and decided the evidence was flimsy. But that was after we'd been through the severe trauma in order to get breastfeeding working, lest we become evildoers of formula. So much pain and suffering for parents and babies trying to force breastfeeding when it's not working. It's so great that the truth is coming out. If you can breastfeed, great. If you can't, don't worry about it.

  49. you know that all babies should be breast fed because babies that are breast fed are much more healthier and don't suffer from childhood illnesses but what you said about parents not producing enough milk is true but that does not make a excuse not to breast feed. so if you are a healthy parent to give your baby the correct amount of breast milk then breast feeding is an option

  50. Not mentioned is the diet of the mother, if she’s deficient or loaded with toxins, it’s all passed on. I read recently that in some areas human milk wouldn’t meet quality standards, partly because of fertilizer, insecticide, drugs (traces now found in tap water) and heavy metals found in it.

  51. So, to be clear, you're saying "don't breastfeed your babies… or vaccinate them… and shaking is actually okay too" Got it.

  52. “Breastmilk is only free if a parent’s time is worth nothing.”

    That is a hell of a good way to put it! There is a mom I know who complains a lot about having to pump. She says it takes up so much of her time when she could be working yet she will not feed her kid formula to complement his feeding requirements “because chemicals”. 🙄 She isn’t producing milk as she used to, hordes milk in the freezer for god knows what reason and doesn’t allow the nanny to give the child enough milk (considering she has milk stored in the freezer). The baby clearly doesn’t have enough milk but since she is ignorantly opposed to formula, she says now that he’s eating food he can just make up for the lack of milk with food. Except babies don’t eat as much as they drink and formula or breast milk is more nutritionally comprehensive than a meal, especially if it’s a meal for a baby that usually will only be composed of two or three main items. I just don’t get her. If pumping is so inconvenient for her, why not inform yourself about formula so you can learn that it actually is perfectly fine for your baby? Especially now that she isn’t producing milk as much but the baby actually needs more than he used to because he’s older. It’s mind boggling to me.

    She also has strong anti-vaccine tendencies and thinks essential oils and crystals can have healing properties. I just can’t with that woman. 😖

    ps.: once the told me her iq was upwards 130 and I was like… how? I mean, I get that iq isn’t a measure of intelligent you are, it’s a measure of how efficiently your bran can acquire knowledge but still… how? She clearly has a learning disability in my opinion.

  53. “Formula companies marketed to doctors to recommend to new mothers . . . But don’t listen to some random guy in the internet, ask your doctor”. 🤦🏻‍♂️

  54. You didn't mention the bond that increases between mother and baby because of breastfeeding. Babies who breastfeed are also held more than formula counterparts. Babies looooove the breast. Mine literally gets excited when I nurse him to sleep. The bond is priceless and I think it will help them develop emotional intelligence in future.

  55. I breastfed and formula fed my son and he turned out wonderful. He is very intelligent and smart at just 5 years old. Doesn't matter which method the baby will be fine .

  56. This is corporate propaganda. 5.7 mil subs, if he was going against corporate narrative he wouldn't reach a mil.

  57. Pretty much everyone in my family was fed with formula, we are all fine , healthy and beautiful, we all went to University also. <3

  58. I am super happy that he ended with "Formula is fine". And not with a ringing endorsement of either. Of course modern formula isn't going to harm your baby, especially with all the regulations in most countries. I think there is something to be said about the bonding that occurs though when breast feeding. To me, it makes sense to breast feed if you can just for that factor alone. Of course, there is a small percentage of women that can't for various reasons. To those that don't produce enough, some of them can produce more by changing their diet, etc. So, there are options out there for everyone really. 🙂

  59. Great and informative video! Also, I love the fact that you never once linked breastfeeding to soley mothers! #guysgalsandnonbinarypals

  60. I didn’t produce enough and had to switch to formula exclusively. I just dried up. I was literally formula shamed. It’s a thing and it’s awful.

  61. I'm so happy to see this! My wife wasn't able to breastfeed our daughter as often as we were pushed to and we had to supplement formula after our baby was 1-2 m/o. By 3 or 4 months, we had to feed her formula exclusively. My wife felt really bad about this for a while – understandably, considering the societal, familial, and medical pressure to breastfeed.

    But our daughter is now almost 13 m/o and remarkably healthy. She's 95th percentile in length (didn't get that from her mom, that's for sure, haha) and 60th in weight. She's never had any health issues or concerns, is always remarked upon by, well, everybody as being really intelligent, focused, interactive, and happy. I'm admittedly a little biased 😉 but I can't deny all the evidence that, in our daughter's case, she's suffered no adverse effects from drinking formula exclusively since 3-4 m/o.

    Our pediatrician told us that you can get at least most of the benefits exclusive to breastfeeding (those beneficial bacteria, etc mentioned at the end of the video) without having to breastfeed exclusively. He said even just once a day or less is fine. And so my wife breastfed when she could but we didn't lose sleep over it.

    (Just please don't take what I'm saying at face value. Like Hank said, ask your doctor not strangers on the internet haha. Obviously research online is super important as well, just check your sources! But I hope our experience (and that's all it is) can be encouraging to other overwhelmed, overworked parents who just want the best for their kid.)

  62. Just came back from a woman who was quite happy to let her baby starve for a few days until her milk came through more plentiful.
    When I told her the dangers of this she shrugged and told me; "It's natural for this to happen, we've survived thousands of years doing it this way and so will my baby".
    I don't know what's happened to the human population, but I'm going to quit my job (nursing) as I can no longer tolerate the lack of common sense.
    I give it less than 5 days before that baby is in intensive care, and guess who's going to have to pull miracles out of our arses to save the little tyke? No mention of medical assistance being un-natural then…oh no of course not!

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