Originally Posted by Can Dance
can anyone address the scientific points she brings up better than me? who is like HARD CORE and knows their stuff SUPER well?
Hard core? Not so sure about that! I do know that she does select some studies and ignore others (like the PROBIT RCT) - definitely a bias there.
And she is looking at this in a very individualistic way. What are my
risks of not breastfeeding, rather than a societal way (what are our
risks of not breastfeeding.)
For example, the PROBIT trial showed that breastfeed babies were 40% less likely to get eczema than non-breastfed babies, and 46% less likly to get a GI infection in the 1st 12 months of life. Now those are HUGE numbers, but only ~13% of non-breastfed babies got GI infections, so chances weren't that high to start with. So the 40% decrease in actuality is 'just' 7/100 babies.
So 7/100 more babies get sick with GI infections if not breastfed. Eczema: a 46% decrease, but again, 'just' 3/100 'extra babies' sick from formula feeding.
The thing is, this happens for many different conditions. Small absolute numbers, but a big impact on society when you multipy the risk by all the babies who are not breastfed...