Infant Formula and Modern Epidemics

The milk hypothesis
by Maureen Minchin
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Publisher: Milk Matters Pty Ltd

Publication Date: September 15, 2016

ISBN: 9781925457308

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This e-book is part of Milk Matters: infant feeding and Immune disorder, a hardback volume of 840 pages, which is available as a reference text from major retailers. That 2015 hardback was, in fact, three separate books under the one cover. In making Milk Matters available as an e-book, it made sense to produce two books separating the third practical and clinical book from the more theoretical multidisciplinary scientific and historical books. So the first two books of Milk Matters have become this first e-book, re-named as Infant Formula and modern epidemics: the milk hypothesis. This volume surveys research evidence that both the absence of breastfeeding and breastmilk, and the presence of ersatz substitutes fed by bottle, must damage human health. Inflammatory disease epidemics are the result of interacting factors, the most important (and the most often ignored) being early infant feeding during the period when bodies are being constructed and lifelong growth and development is being programmed. The book discusses the hygiene and biodiversity hypotheses, and argues that they should be rewritten to incorporate new scientific and sociocultural knowledge about milks fed to infants. An overarching milk hypothesis makes more sense than either of these widely accepted ideas. Artificial infant feeding was the 20th century’s largest uncontrolled in vivo experiment, and in many countries has resulted in compounding intergenerational harms. Since the egg that will become each of us begins in our grandmother’s womb, from genetic material passed down both paternal and maternal lines, our past has shaped us long before our parents hold us in their arms. Whatever a mother’s infant feeding decisions or actions, no mother is solely responsible either for the decision, made in a cultural context she did not create, or for its outcomes. Readers of this book will discover that anger is a more appropriate emotion than guilt. This book contains shocking and enlightening ...