The NY Times published an article on 8/2 about some new findings on how breast milk may be protecting infants (Breast Milk Sugars Give Infants A Protective Coat). Up to 21% of breast milk is made of complex sugars that cannot be digested by babies. Apparently, scientists used to think this content had no significance, but this new research is finding that it promotes the growth of good bacteria which feeds on these complex sugars and coats the lining of infants' intestines to protect from other, noxious bacteria.
Not only is breastfeeding free, convenient, and emotionally good for mom & baby, it lowers the risk of infection, illness, allergies, obesity, diabetes, SIDS, and breast cancer for baby and lowers the risk of anemia, breast/ovarian/endometrial cancer for mom. It really is a miracle, custom-made for every baby.
Don't believe me? Here's some food (or milk!) for thought:
101 Reasons To Breastfeed
World Breastfeeding Week 2010