On Jan. 21, we ran a story on our Life, etc., front asking whether the benefits of breastfeeding had been oversold. Part of the story was this:
"No one is saying that breast-feeding isn’t perhaps, by some measures, a little bit better for your baby’s health, but the argument coming from critics such as Joan Wolf, an associate professor of women’s studies at Texas A&M University, is that the actual scientific research doesn’t say much beyond that.
"In her 2011 book, “Is Breast Best?” Wolf cites studies with conflicting outcomes, important methodological problems, and (in the case of positive breast-feeding outcomes) results far less dramatic than we’ve been led to believe.
"'My biggest concern is that we have blown infant feeding completely out proportion to its actual importance in babies’ lives,' Wolf says."
Read the rest here:
In response, we have this letter to the editor, which is just too long to print: