In news guaranteed to ignite a million passionate blog posts and spark heated debates in birth classes and mothers groups, it appears we may have been sold a bit of a furphy about how Breast Is Best.
Stand down, breastfeeders. We are merely the messengers. Don’t shoot us. This information comes to you opinion-free. It’s science. We’re just saying.
The basis of the ground-breaking new research is this: previous studies in which breastfeeding is found to have significant health benefits over bottle feeding have always compared babies across diverse socio-economic and racial groups. When those factors are taken away and breast vs bottle is compared with children in the same families, the results are not nearly as clear cut.
In simpler terms: it’s well known that women with higher levels of education, greater income and more flexible daily schedules are more likely to breast-feed their kids.
So OF COURSE their children are going to rate better in the 11 outcomes previously shown to be positively impacted by breast-feeding: body mass index (BMI); obesity; asthma; hyperactivity; parental attachment; behavior compliance; and achievement in vocabulary, reading recognition, math ability, intelligence and scholastic competence.