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If I and my baby are otherwise healthy, should I breastfeed my newborn to 6 months over using formula?
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Amount Saved: $500 multiple doctor visits for infections
While formula may give better ratios of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, a mother’s breastmilk provides essential antibodies that just can’t be replicated in formula. This reduces recurrent infections. Additionally, there is a reduction in overweight or obese children who are breastfed for the first 6 months of life.
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