This is one of the best rejoinders on the recent spate of “formula is better than breastfeeding” articles based on a study in Social Science & Medicine.
Here’s a quote from the wrap-up. This is my biggest fear, too:
“My biggest fear with articles like that is that it completely detracts from the push to make breastfeeding easier for those who want to do it (i.e., those fighting for greater support and leave and all the other things necessary for many women to have a healthy, happy breastfeeding relationship) and to make breast milk more readily available for women who don’t want to turn to formula but cannot breastfeed for whatever reason. I can only hope that flawed science doesn’t take us down a rabbit hole we have to dig our way out of yet again…”