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Why is breast milk best for babies? some formulas have added dha & lutein..

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
See below: Breast milk has a lot more. Immunoglobulin a, pro- and prebiotics protects infant from developing infection. Iron in breast milk is easily absorbed. Breast-fed infants are less likely die from sids (sudden infant death syndrome) as well.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Many reasons: It is the natural product of evolution to provide the best nutrition for a growing baby. In the first several weeks it transfers antibodies and special nutrients as well. The act of breast feeding is good for the mother and the child (bonding). A few additives to the already artificial formulas are probably not useful or necessary.

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