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There was a little bit of drama on FB yesterday between a couple of women in my PR after one mom posted a link to a CNN piece about BF babies doing better academically.
So I re-read this article today and thought I would post it. I really really want to post it on FB or in my PR but I'm super non-confrontational and don't want to start any drama so I thought I would at least post it here.
To me it seems pretty fair and balanced and might be helpful to those who really want to find out the truth and are willing to question the BF rhetoric and propaganda that is so prevalent these days.
Here are some of my favorite gems from this article:
"The feeding of newborns provokes powerful feelings, and almost any discussion of the topic — as most mothers will realise — sets off emotional arguments in which many cannot agree to disagree."
"The problem with the (breastfeeding) studies is that it is very hard to separate the benefits of the mother’s milk from the benefits of the kind of mother who chooses to breastfeed. In other words, breastfeeding studies could simply be showing what it’s like to grow up in a family that makes an effort to be healthy and responsible, as opposed to anything positive in breast milk."
"For Wolf, there is only one condition that is clearly reduced by breastfeeding: gastrointestinal infections... For all the other claims, there have been studies that show an association between breastfeeding and better health, which are championed, and studies which show no link, which are largely ignored."
The trouble is, he said, that the breastfeeding lobby is at war with the formula milk industry, and “neither side is being very scientific ... when it becomes a crusade, people are not very rational.”
“For all the benefits that are touted around breastfeeding, when you do a really good study, it’s very hard to find the tremendously powerful benefits that people have been claiming.”
Michele - wife to Jason and mommy to Vincent (7/12/10) and Maggie (4/16/14)
great article and I "think" I would post it! at least on FB where the arugment is taking place, after all every good debate has 2 sides!! those that don't want to believe it won't but that doesn't make it any less true than the studies I have seen posted regarding breastfeeding, studies can be skewed in many directions based on what the desired outcome is and there are so many other factors involved it is hard to form concrete evidence much of the time. anyway, thanks for posting!