Thank you, thank you, thank you! When I first heard about the correlation
between breast-fed babies and cognitive development, I said to myself
"perhaps moms who breastfeed also do other things that help a child's
development." Finally a study that discusses this.Correlation
does not imply causality!
I bottle fed both my kids and they both got good grades are college graduates.
Both my kids have bottle fed their kids and they are extremely smart. What
counts is the quality time you spend with your kids.
We need to decriminalize the breast so that breastfeeding becomes as welcome as
drinking from a water fountain.
Breastmilk has obvious benefits to the child: health, intelligence, etc. That
doesn't mean that people can go around looking down on mothers who choose
to bottle feed their babies. I agree with LovelyDeseret in decriminalizing
breastfeeding though. You really wouldn't believe the glares and
"talking-tos" a mother gets when she breastfeeds her baby in public.
I'm baffled by the judgement on both sides; some mothers really
get up-in-arms over things that really aren't their choice. It's not
my business whether some mother formula feeds--I don't know what all went
into that decision. Just like it's not somebody else's business that
I breastfeed my baby.I agree that spending time with your kids has a
tremendous impact upon their development, but I also believe that breastmilk
plays a part in that, too. Can we stop the MommyWars and just
support each other?
I thought the title was a bit off topic, since what it boils down to is that
early interaction and early exposure to books was what was most valuable.As it happens, for medical reasons, I was only able to breastfeed one of
my three. I did, however, begin reading to all three of them very early on
(I'm a big Jim Trelease fan!) All three were "reading-ready" at
four. I haven't seen any significant developmental differences between the
three, except that the two girls (one breastfed, one not) talked earlier than
the boy (not breastfed), and the youngest (not breastfed) walked earlier than
the other two.
The BYU run article concerning this study is biased to the point of convincing
people that "breastfed babies are smarter." My father-in-law e-mailed it
to me as a condemnation for our bottle-fed babies. When I researched the data I
found that the data did not remotely suggest that breastfed babies were smarter.
The data was centered around cogitative related activities - not breastfeeding.
While the name of this article is a terrible reflection of the content within, I
was happy to read an article which interprets the data correctly.Please change the name of this article so that it properly reflects what the
research data is actually about - and it's not about why breastfed babies
are so smart!
I made the decision not to breastfeed. I made it clear I did not want to
breastfeed, but some self-righteous nurse decided it was the wrong decision and
did not give me the shot to stop milk-production. I was extremely angry. She
launched La Leche League. I informed them I was not a cow and was not going to
breastfeed and to get out. My daughter graduated HS with every honor and a 4.07
GPA. She was never sick, or had a temp or diaper rash NOTHING till she got a
slight cold at age 14. I fed her soy milk. She did not get candy or sodas when
young and didn't have TV till age 7. She graduated college with a double
major and has a very well paying job now. It IS the quality/amount of time you
give them. I would suggest the test results were what they were because of the
test subjects. Do the same experiment in the inner city and see what results
you get. If breast feeding was so good, we wouldn't have generational
welfare as low income mom's generally can't afford formula.