Healthier babies are breastfed babies... True or False...

There's the urban myth.. or maybe it's not a myth, maybe it's truth based on data and all the nutrients in mama's milk..

I heard that a nursed baby gets less colds, less ear infections, less everything and is just generally healthier..

I disagree.. BOTH my sister and I have one of each.. My son was breastfed for 7months, my daughter.. 2 weeks.. and they are BOTH healthy.. and if I had to choose the "healthier" one.. it would be my daughter.. the formula baby..

My son had asthma early on, has allergies now and had his fair share of ear infections..

My daughter did NOT have asthma, does NOT suffer from allergies and she too had her fair share of ear infections.. but mostly after swimming to a cold..

Same with my sisters kids.. the breastfed one.. she actually had so many ear infections that she had the tubes put in.. her formula baby? Not one ear infection until she swam on a team in grade school..

SO.. As much as I KNOW the health benefits and nutrients of the breast are amazing.. I think that you kind of get what you get with your baby.. breastfed or not..

Let me be clear.. Nursing is great.. if it's for you.. I advocate for a healthy, happy baby.. not purely for the boob. ")

Thoughts?

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    4Katie
    I don't think saying breastfeed babies are healthier is a really true statement.

    I think the breastmilk is the best food for baby and that it is scientific fact. But I don't think there is anything wrong with formula and I think formula makes healthy babies too.

    I think breastfeeding and formula feeding both create healthy babies and sick babies. I think so many other factor go into what makes a child healthy or sick and it is impossible to compare based on what they eat.

    Breastmilk is best but formula is good too.
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      04/10/14
      5sarah
      I agree breanika is 3 and hardly ever sick and was formula fed where as Bentley was breastfed til 6 months and had the flu 3 times this winter but on the flip side Michael 17 is never sick and was breastfed and Alexis 15 was formula fed and is constantly sick so I think it depends on the child more than the milk
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        04/10/14
        There is some evidence that children who are breastfed get sick less. Some of the mother's antibodies are transfered to the baby through the breast milk. But there was an interesting study done recently that found the benefits of breast feeding have been drastically over stated. In the past when breast fed babies have been compared to formula fed babies the children are from different homes. Which adds and education and financial compenent. If you compare children from familes of differing financial and education levels of course those with more money and education will be better off. Breast fed children are more likely to come for higher educated families.

        The recent study made sure to compare children from the same family, like your kids Jessica. By doing that it was found that the benefits are not as drastic as previous studies have found.

        http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/sibbreast.htm
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        04/10/14
        Yup.. Agreed.. breast is best?... uh.. sure.. so is never drinking juice.. ever.. and only giving your kids water.. juice is sugar and there is NOTHING in it that they need that you can't get from foods.. BUT..

        So, I thought it was just interesting... No arguments needed.. everyone has their thing.. and I was super intent on nursing my son.. and was disappointed greatly when nursing my daughter didn't work out.. so this is really a hindsight experience.. So much judgement can come towards moms that don't nurse.. and I think.. everyone needs to parent their own kids. :)
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        04/10/14
        4Katie
        I hope I never made you feel bad. I tried to be as supportive as possible and not make you ever feel bad.
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        04/10/14
        4Katie
        You did do your best! I can attest to the fact that you did. I wished it had been easier for you, I hate watching moms struggle.
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        04/10/14
        4Katie
        I was pissed when you told me some of the things the lactation consultant had told you. I wish her comments had been more supportive, especially to a mama going through a difficult time.
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          04/10/14
          5sarah
          On the other end of things some people think it's selfish to breastfed because then not every tom dick and Harry in the countryside can feed the baby. I was told by my mother inlaw that it was wrong to breastfeed Bentley because what if she wanted to feed him. I was eight months pregnant at the time and told her that I was the one who carried him for 40 weeks and then was going to have to push him out and it was my choice not hers. She didn't like it but she accepted it.
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          04/10/14
          5sarah
          I didn't give her much of a choice.
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            08/18/14
            Whether the baby is breast fed or not it's not really what will decide if that child will get an ear infection, colds or asthma, I think it's some genetics and the environment they are in that determines those things. For instance I have asthma and I breastfeed and I know Selena doesn't have any breathing problems but who knows if she might have problems later in life, I was diagnosed with it at 8 years old. My daughter hasn't had any colds or illness's yet thank god. I think whether you breast feed or get donated breastmilk or formula is food for your child and it shouldn't matter.
            I have heard lots of good and bad things about formula and I just didn't like the idea of it, but it's a great alternative and it's your babies food. Breastmilk or formula is not gonna protect your child from getting a cold or developing asthma. Just my opinion.
            Either way, i'm just grateful that my daughter's healthy so far.
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            We live in Los Angeles, CA. I'm a writer, comedian, actor and single mom of two. Parenting is hard. I try to keep a sense of humor about it all and find the find the funny... in what is most likely NOT funny (i.e. boogers, meltdowns, homework, etc.).