The article doesn't have answers to the questions that a lot of us have been asking, but I would like to believe that these former parents would have wanted their child to live. I would hope that they wouldn't have sacrificed their baby boy for vegan ideals. I think that ignorance/stupidity can sum up a lot of it.
However, pre- and post-natal care is often structured by what insurance will allow, at least in the US. Having a baby the "right", middle-class way is really expensive. Parents and children in the U.S. suffer from the highest infant morality rate in the developed world, which is also stratified by race and economic means. When the CDC reported on this phenomenon in the fall, one of their recommendations was for a universal coverage of pre- and post-natal care.
So, the vegan parents notwithstanding, babies in the US do die, and guess what, Wolf, it's not as simple as questions of breastfeeding vs. formula, and it's not genetic inferiority. Poverty and the stratification of health care kill babies and children. And on the breastfeeding topic, US medicine has been sending mothers a lot of mixed messages over the past few decades on the debate. Up until the late 1990s, formula feeding was seen as the "scientific" way to make sure baby got all of its necessary nutrients. Now, we have a resurgence of breastfeeding as the "right" way to raise one's baby, but Ivy's statistics show that many mothers cannot due to biological constraints. It's also really hard to breastfeed on a full-time work schedule, and while some white-collar institutions are making allowances for that, those are still in the minority, and ain't nobody standing up for mothers who have to work multiple jobs or shifts.
As far as the "your genetically inferior offspring should be forced to starve and die, if you're unable to breastfeed" comments, my mother wanted to breastfeed both me and my brother, but couldn't. Crazily enough, I'm a fine strapping physical specimen at 5'9", quite intelligent, and happy that I was "allowed" to survive, thank you very much.