I thought I heard it all…but, sadly, I hadn’t.
Breastfeeding. A perfectly wonderful natural experience for new mums has, unfortunately, become a tool to pressure new mums (and shame them if they can’t breastfeed).
While I completely support breastfeeding (just like Alyssa Milano in this awesome photo which you can read about here). I don’t support the thick layer of pressure that is put on vulnerable new mums to do it…or else risk the health of their children.
I mean, com'on. No mum would voluntarily put their newborn baby at risk. But unfortunately, scientists keep coming out with studies showing the enormous and many, many benefits of breastfeeding.
I'm sure there are benefits. I don't dispute the serious ones.
But today, I dispute the latest study. Why would people even pay scientists to spend their time researching this, is beyond me.
The University of Basque Country has found that breastfeeding children for at least four months protects them against air pollution.
Insert eye roll.
They studied 638 women and their newborns in Goierri-alto and Medio Urola valleys (two areas with 11 steel factories and a major highway) in Basque Country, Spain, according to the Daily Mail.
Dr Aitana Lertxundi said, "In the foetal phase, the central nervous system is being formed and lacks sufficient detoxification mechanisms to eliminate the toxins that build up."
They found that the babies who were breastfed didn't suffer the harmful effects of such high pollution.
However, before you start freaking out because you can't breastfeed your newborn don't stress. The area they researched has far higher pollution levels and toxins than our urban cities where the main source of pollution comes from traffic.