Breastfeeding & Intelligence, Why Cast Shadows?

This post is in response to the CBS news article titled ” Breast-Fed Children Not Necessarily Smarter Study Finds“.

Considering that breast milk is human specific, the capacity to indicate ‘smarter’ is questionably relative and of little substance.

Why is so important to cast shadows on breastfeeding, a positive organic source of life?

Why purpose written or televised media to cause emotional harm to a new mom who may have little to no support in her well intended choice to naturally breastfeed her child?

Bottles and Pearls

As a mom of 6, I have had the pleasure of breastfeeding all 6 children & homeschooling them. I noticed that they were quite fast at catching on to various tasks. (For mommy time, I volunteered at a local daycare while my children did their gym days at the YMCA, so that we could have time apart from each other, so we were not a socially deprived family.)

But as this article suggest, my higher level of education would suggest that there is no real link to the fact that I was a breastfeeding mom. Honestly, it was my connection to a breastfeeding mom who did not have my level of ‘higher level of education’, that became my primary source for understanding the importance of breastfeeding.

After the first few months of ‘nursing’ my first son, while attending a pediatric well-baby check up, Mr. Doctor asked if I were still breastfeeding. I responded ‘yes Sir, I am’. He said, “it makes them smarter, you should nurse all your children.” At that time he had been in practice greater than 30 years. Hmmmm, seems like he had put his years of baby / breastfeeding study time into place that would give him the credentials to make a sound statement in favor or against breastfeeding.  He was a supporter in favor of nursing (Breastfeeding).

I preferred the older more experienced doctors to assist me during my young years of motherhood. My Peds Dr. required his client’s parents to be very attentive and responsible, he did not excuse laissez faire parents. Looking back, I am so glad that I trusted my life experienced trained medical doctor as to many of the benefits of breastfeeding rather than a journal with questionable motives.

Just as he was my children’s pediatrician, I have become, Old School.


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