Can anyone point me to some statistics on studies that were done on breastfed babies vs. formula fed babies, resulting in the "Breast is Best" idea? I'm not saying that breast is not best, but I would like to see some actual numbers.. how they got those numbers, etc. One reason I'm wondering about this is.. my son was formula fed, and he never got sick that I can remember, other than colic, which started at about 3 months old and didn't last very long. Also, I'll add that he was born in the dead of winter on a January 1st. He is now 18 years old and out of the house, by the way. However, my 3-week old breastfed baby is presently having some sinus troubles, a slight fever, and mucous draining into her throat at night is making it difficult for her to breathe and sleep. I'm only speaking from MY experience, but so far I'm just not understanding how she can be sick if "breast is best." Does anyone know where I can find actual studies that were done? I'd like to know if they took parents' prior medical history into account as well.
I have plenty of links now. :) Thank you to everyone who offered stories, sharing their own experiences, and a huge thank you to all who gave me appropriate links to study over. I have enough to keep me busy for a long, long time.
After having read through some of the links, I have come to the conclusion that YES, BREAST IS BEST. :) In some instances, the margin of "best" is small, and in other instances, the margin of "best" is large. There are even a few instances where breast actually is not best. However, these instances are few. All in all, though, my conclusion is that BREAST IS BEST.