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Newborn nutritional disaster: only 14% of U.S. mothers breastfeed their babies for 6 months

Sunday, August 08, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: breastfeeding, cow's milk, infant nutrition

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New research data released by the United States government reveals that only 14% of mothers in the United States rely on breastfeeding to feed their babies for the first six months of their lives. This is a shockingly low number, given the medical truth that breastfeeding is the number one way to give a baby good nutrition. Many mothers are turning to infant formulas or juice to feed their babies, which inevitably results in nutritional deficiencies, impaired immune system function, and can even predispose their babies to chronic diseases later in life (such as diabetes). Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend that mothers feed their babies breast milk only for the first six months.

But many mothers are nutritionally illiterate, and they turn to formula as a convenience. Unfortunately, many baby food formula products are made with ingredients that we know promote chronic disease. Those ingredients include cow's milk and high-fructose corn syrup. Obviously, none of these ingredients should ever be fed to infants, nor technically should be fed to adults either. To make matters even worse, infant formula is nutritionally imbalanced for human consumption, meaning that it will promote nutritional deficiencies in babies who rely on formula.

I remain a firm believer in the concept of preventing chronic disease and reducing long-term health care costs in the United States by educating expectant mothers and new mothers about nutrition. We can prevent literally billions of dollars in future health care costs by investing a few million dollars in education. If expectant mothers only knew how simple it is to get nutrition that can greatly enhance the health of their unborn children, we could witness a powerful change in the nutritional practices of those expectant mothers -- and as a result see a new generation of healthy babies being born in the United States. These babies would have fewer behavioral disorders, higher levels of intelligence, lower death rates, stronger immune systems, and so on.

Remember, it should be common sense here -- nature intended babies to drink their mother's milk. That is obviously why mothers produce breast milk in the first place. The mammary glands have an important function, and it is absurd that as a society we ignore this natural food source for newborn babies. Note also that newborn human babies have no instinct to seek out a four-legged furry creature and attempt to extract liquid milk from the mammary glands of that four-legged creature, yet this is exactly what parents are doing to their children when they feed them cow's milk. Once again, cow's milk is nutritionally imbalanced for human consumption, which is why babies were not born with instincts to seek out cows and drink their milk.

Remember, the infant is pre-wired for survival. It instinctively knows what it needs to be drinking and eating in order to survive, and good health means good survival. If a baby wants to breastfeed, that's a pretty strong indication that breastfeeding is the way to go.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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