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Would this information make you choose formula over breastmilk?

Posted by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM
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Latest on the Benefits of Breastfeeding Is Good News for Formula Feeders

by Lisa Fogarty

For a great many parents, breastfeeding was or is hard work. We trade hours of sleep and sore and bloody nipples in exchange for the promise that we're providing our babies with the best nutrition they can possibly get. We've read studies, listened to our doctors and friends wax poetic about breastmilk, and there's no doubt in our minds that breast is simply best.

But what if the benefits of breastfeeding have been overstated? What if you found out your child could receive the exact same health benefits from formula? A new study is claiming just that.

Rather than just look across the board at a random group of children from various socioeconomic backgrounds, the recent study, performed by The Ohio State University, also concentrated on siblings within the same family -- one of whom was breastfed and the other bottle fed.

While they found additional benefits among those children who were breastfed when they compared them to children from other backgrounds, the truly eye-opening part of this study is that when they focused on siblings, breastfeeding's positive effects on 10 of the 11 "indicators of child health and well-being" were really no different from the effects of formula.

So, basically, two brothers who were fed differently as babies didn't grow up to experience wildly different body mass indexes, scholastic competence, math and vocabulary skills, levels of hyperactivity, or attachment to their parents. In fact, the only major difference researchers could find was that babies who were breastfed were at higher risk for asthma -- but this information was generated by self-reports and not doctors' diagnoses.

The lead author of the study stresses that she still believes breastfeeding is beneficial for nutrition and building immunity in newborns, but she's arguing that her data reveals many of the benefits we associate with breastmilk could have a lot more to do with school quality, housing, and parents' education and employment.

This is an interesting study and I wonder whether it will serve as hope for women who are physically unable to breastfeed, can't because of work obligations, or have simply decided against it for personal reasons. As a mom who is about to give birth for the second time and had a difficult time breastfeeding the first time around, I'd be lying if I said this doesn't make me feel like I can take a bit of pressure off myself.

How do you feel about the results of this new study? Would this information sway you to consider formula instead of breastmilk?

by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM
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polkaspots
by Bronze Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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No, because I don't think something artificial can be better than the natural, original thing.
It's why I breastfeed instead of using formula and make my own juice instead of drinking kool aid.
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supercarp
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:17 AM
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Here's the thing: You have no guarantee that the formula is always what they claim. Babies died after having formula that didn't have enough chloride in it.

tabi_cat1023
by Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:28 AM
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HMM well BM has never been recalled,my BM hasnt been contaminated, my BM is free.  ALSO the risk of SIDS is higher, ear infections, etc etc as stated per the surgeon general so I dont take this one study to heart

jessi2girls
by Bronze Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:29 AM

The new study is false, end of discussion.

sjenkins8208
by Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:33 AM
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IMO, I believe they are pretty much equal. The only time breast benefits outweigh formula, to me, are the first few weeks/month when baby is being protected by mothers immunities. I would rather see some babies fed formula then their mother's McDonald's based breast milk. I just fail to see how breast is best if mother isn't putting the BEST into it. But I also hated paying $70 a week on formula....
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM
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I love this. Of course natural is always superior, but maybe this study will alleviate some of the tremendous guilt formula feeding moms experience.
Sister_Someone
by Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:42 AM

If ever I had another baby, I wouldn't be considering breastfeeding to begin with, so the study makes no difference to me on that lever.

That being said, it might shut up some of the more aggressive breastfeeding advocates.

star33
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 9:52 AM

 i agree. the asthma thing was self-reported, so hard to put much weight into. i do believe our environment has a great effect on our health, so i want to do what i can to offset the bad stuff we're exposed to. i may have used some formula in the past to supplement, but not bf is never an option here.

Quoting tabi_cat1023:

HMM well BM has never been recalled,my BM hasnt been contaminated, my BM is free.  ALSO the risk of SIDS is higher, ear infections, etc etc as stated per the surgeon general so I dont take this one study to heart

 

.Bad.Wolf.
by Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM
I formula fed my older 3 & breast-fed my youngest. The only difference I noticed was my youngest had fewer ear problems. Developmentally speaking, she is exactly like her older sister. My boys are both on the autism spectrum, so it's harder to tell with them. I doubt breast-feeding them would have changed their diagnosis though.
supercarp
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Immunities are important.

Children who were breastfed have a higher average IQ than formula fed. It is arguable whether more intelligent women tend to breastfeed or if breastmilk leads to better brain formation or both.

Quoting sjenkins8208: IMO, I believe they are pretty much equal. The only time breast benefits outweigh formula, to me, are the first few weeks/month when baby is being protected by mothers immunities. I would rather see some babies fed formula then their mother's McDonald's based breast milk. I just fail to see how breast is best if mother isn't putting the BEST into it. But I also hated paying $70 a week on formula....

 

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