The breastfeeding news.— Emily Oster (@ProfEmilyOster) July 10, 2018
1. Covered in detail in new book!
2. Long term benefits (IQ, obesity, etc) way overstated in developed world; short term also less than claimed.
3. In places without clean water, effects much bigger.
4. Should encourage both BF and safe formula options.
Very nice and brief summary. Cleanliness is no joke, and breast feeding is known to be a lot cleaner and safer for infants than formula with contaminated water or in dirty bottles. But other benefits are far less clear.