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Letters Breastfeeding and the environment

Pitting breastfeeding against formula is simplistic and unhelpful

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 06 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6319
  1. Catherine M Pennington, neurologist
  1. Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh EH10 5HF, UK
  1. catherine.pennington{at}

Joffe and colleagues discuss the environmental benefits of breastfeeding over formula milk.1

As a doctor and recent breastfeeding mother, I would like to emphasise that breastfeeding is not an automatic bodily function, nor is it free or resource neutral. I was unable to breastfeed exclusively, …

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