However, a recent Cochrane meta-analysis concluded that most well-conducted randomized trials showed no benefit of LCPUFA versus control formula on visual acuity or neurodevelopment among term infants. Am J Clin Nutr. The decision to breastfeed or formula feed your baby is a personal one.
Manufactured under sterile conditions, commercial formulas attempt to duplicate mother's milk using a complex combination of proteins, sugars, fats, and vitamins that aren't possible to create at home. These studies were conducted prior to use of formula supplemented with long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids LCPUFA , which had been added to infant formula with the goal of improving neurocognitive outcomes. For infants, not being breastfed is associated with an increased incidence of infectious morbidity, as well as elevated risks of childhood obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, leukemia, and sudden infant death syndrome.
While you're weighing the pros and cons, talk to your doctor or lactation consultant. Office prenatal formula advertising and its effect on breast-feeding patterns.
Obstetricians are uniquely positioned to counsel mothers about the health impact of breastfeeding and to ensure that mothers and infants receive appropriate, evidence-based care, starting at birth. Women in the prolonged breastfeeding group lost 4. J Am Diet Assoc.
So formula can't provide a baby with the added protection against infection and illness that breast milk does. SIDS Case-control studies suggest that formula feeding is associated with a 1. Multiple authors have examined associations between infant feeding and cognitive development, with mixed results.