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Benefits from Breast Milk Questioned

Women who can't breast-feed shouldn't feel guilty since there's likely no harm done, say researchers. A study by Ohio State University compared sibling pairs. One of the siblings received breast milk, and the other did not. Studying siblings, researchers were able to minimize effects of differences like education or income. The siblings, aged 4 to 14 years, were tested for body mass index, asthma, obesity, hyperactivity, math ability, memory-based intelligence and reading comprehension. On all measures, no statistically significant differences were found between breast-fed and bottle-fed siblings. Researchers say long-term benefits attributed to breast-feeding may have nothing to do with breast milk, but more to do with good health and wealth of women who breast-feed.


Asticat commenter Asticat at 5:30 pm on March 4, 2014

What about immunity and the ability to fight off diseases? I thought breast milk gave kids an edge in that department. What about the lower risk of breast cancer in women that breast fed vs those who bottle fed?

I don't think any woman should feel guilty over bottle feeding and not breast feeding; however, it seems a bit off to say assembly line created food is the same as naturally occurring food. WHo funded this study?

Peggy  commenter Peggy at 9:28 pm on March 6, 2014

Funds came from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development award. This study focused on long-term benefits of breast-feeding. Immunity benefits are probably seen as short-term: fewer gut infections and colds, etc.

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