Really??? Because the last stat I heard was more than 97% of babies and mothers CAN breastfeed. THere is no health reason preventing them from breastfeeding. The just choose not to, or, - and I think this happens more than choosing to FF - they are given HORRIBLE advice about breastfeeding. Then there are the moms who don't want to put out $300 for a breastpump when they are forced to go back to work.
I am not talking about adoptive parents here at all - obviously there isn't much option there, as adoptive nursing will still usually require some form of supplementation.
But honestly. How long has formula been around? Yes, the infant mortality rate was higher two centuries ago, but not because babies were starving to death.