Many women choose breast milk over formula so what are the benefits and harms of the two:
Infection-fighting. Antibodies passed from a nursing mother to her baby can help lower the occurrence of many conditions, including:
Other factors help to protect a breastfed baby from infection by contributing to the infant's immune system by increasing the barriers to infection and decreasing the growth of organisms like bacteria and viruses.
Breastfeeding is particularly beneficial for premature babies and may also protect children against:
sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
As a group, formula-fed infants have more infections and more hospitalizations than do breastfed babies.
Read for yourself and decide: