So, Dr. Sydney Spiesel, of Yale, Connecticut, Slate, and NPR, you're saying that breastfeeding's probably still better than formula, but that the ecstatic health benefits of breastfeeding are not actually based on definitive research--because rigorous studies of humans, much less infants, is kind of problematic, see?--but on much more subjective, multivariant statistical studies?
AND all that stuff about newborns absorbing their mother's antibodies from her anti-body rich colostrum is true of almost all mammals EXCEPT humans [and monkeys], so it really doesn't boost their immune systems? And that's been proved and published research for 40+ years, but the medical/scientific community doesn't read back that far, especially now that "Breast Is Best" has replaced the "Only Commie Hippies Don't Use Formula" as the orthodoxy of the day?
BUT those anti-bodies are still helpful in preventing gastro-intestinal diseases by boosting the babies' local immune protection--inside their GI tracts--which saves millions of lives in countries where clean water and refrigeration are not common?
My only question to you is this: Who do you hate more: breasts, babies, or America?