That explains why I'm so darn smart. Thanks, Mom.
Wow, hope my wife is up for this!
Hey mom, we could have been a lot smarter. Thanks a lot!
I was in a BYU graduate school (Ph.d)group that studied the benefits of
breastfeeding vs bottle feeding in 2001. The outcome of the study was that the
advantage of breastfed babies was the intellectual and emotional benefit. The
health benefit was slightly better.Now, (by observation)if mothers
cannot breastfeed and still held their babies to feed them with a bottle,
instead of propping it would have the similar benefit of nursing the child.
Alternating sides to feed/eat also is another benefit that comes naturally in a
breast fed baby. The emotional bonding that occurs in breastfeeding is
difficult to duplicate in a bottle fed child other than holding them close to
the mother's or father's chest for the baby to feel their heartbeat
and the emotional benefit of being held, cuddled.We also found the
longer a child was breastfed the better they were at mathematics later in life.
The "patterning" that takes place of alternating to be fed is the
stimulus for the child's brain/intellectual development. If a
child could be breastfeed even for a few months they would have the immunities
needed for better future health.
How many of the babies who were fed on formula was due to the fact they were on
government WIC program because of low income? It seems to me that economics and
therefore education seems more of a driving force with an IQ test.
I'm not totally sold on this fact. Of all my children, the first was
breastfed the shortest amount of time because of the newness of having your
first child. We always had the time to read to all of our children and that
helped them to be more "intelligent" in my opinion. The more
intellectual of my children is still my oldest. He was reading before he
started to go to school. I think it was us as parents that provided more of the
help needed to read and be more proficient in all other subjects in school that
just breastfeeding for longer periods of time. The most important reason for
breastfeeding is getting a closer relationship as mother and child.
@pacman, I wonder that too. It is difficult to nurse while working full time and
until recently women in low income jobs were often not even given the
opportunity to pump making nursing nearly impossible. I wonder if socioeconomic
status was even taken into consideration.
I'm not sure I buy it. I agree that it is the best thing for babies'
health, for the first 6 months, but the last sentence in the article negates
everything else in the study by showing that it is the closeness and interaction
that matters. Personal experience goes against the findings as well. My oldest
was breastfed only 4 months, and she is by far my best student. My 3rd was
breastfed the longest, and he has Autism. I just think they are bending the data
to fit their desired outcome. That said, all mothers should nurse as long as
they are able, without being made to feel that their children will never amount
to anything if they stop.
None of my kids were breastfed. Yet all have been studying at a level at least
one grade higher in Math and English. Granted, I had tutored them since they
were three to make sure they were up to speed. My philosophy is make sure they
are ahead while they are young and their minds are more malleable than try to
fix study habits and confidence issues later. I would not dissuade ANYONE from
breastfeeding. I believe it has its benefits. But my wife didn't want to
do it and that is as they say was that.
I breast fed my three children until they were 22 months old. The three of them
were valedictorians in their High School. They are very independant human
beings. However, the three of them had problems with their skin . I brought
them to eat healthy foods I don't know why the skin problems, like eczema
and also allergies. I bet they are the exception to the rule. I am very happy
I breast fed them, it helped me to regains my figure and kept me healthy too.
@RosaMariaMy first child had major allergies and eczema. My other
kids didn't. One difference is that we only vaccinated our first child.