Breastfeeding May Not be All It’s Cracked Up to be

Ashley Austrew of Scary Mommy is reporting on an Op-ed piece by Courtney Jung published in the New York Times that highlights studies showing that breast milk may not be the miracle substance it’s believed to be.b1

“Breastmilk has been credited with everything from fighting disease to making kids smarter, but it’s only recently that we’ve dug into these claims. New studies show breastfeeding doesn’t actually make kids much smarter, and research in Jung’s own essay confirms breastfeeding will stop one single ear infection for every 10 babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months.”

Breastfeeding has been highly promoted in recent years. This article doesn’t disparage the choice to breastfeed, but mainly challenges the idea that is the best or only option worth considering. “Breastfeeding is not that great… That doesn’t mean women should stop breastfeeding or that we should all immediately switch to formula. What it does mean is that it’s time to stop guilting and manipulating women, and start letting them make their own choices.”

Making informed  decisions is a big part of parenting. While neither breast or bottle is necessarily “better,” making the correct choice for your family is the most important factor to consider. The best advice we can give? Do your research and decide what’s best for you and your baby.

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