A NORWEGIAN professor has claimed today that feeding a baby breast milk does not make them healthier than those fed formula.
Professor Sven Carlsen found while breastfed infants are slightly healthier than bottle fed babies it is not the milk that is responsible.
Carslen claims a baby's overall health is determined prior to birth and dependent on hormone levels in the mother's womb.
"The answer is simple. If a mother is able to breastfeed, and does so, this ability is essentially proof that the baby has already had an optimal life inside the womb," the professor said.
When a woman has high levels of male hormones in the womb the flow of nutrients to the baby is affected, the report went on. The hormones also affect her ability to breastfeed, making her offspring more likely to be bottle fed.
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