Because there aren't enough things out there to make moms feel guilty about, I've got something special for you today. A new study shows that breastfed babies aren't just smarter, they're more popular, too. That's right, there actually is a study that claims breastfed babies are cooler.
The study, which actually doesn't use the word "cooler", says that babies who are breastfed may achieve higher social status. The authors of the study feel that, perhaps, the benefits shown by the breastfed babies in cognitive and intellectual development may have helped them climb the social ladder, being that they may have adapted more easily to new situations and challenges. The results were most noticeable, apparently, in babies who were breastfed more than four weeks. (Yay! My daughter's going to be head cheerleader!)
Now. Let's all take a moment to let this study really sink in. Scientists are saying that, in a super roundabout way, being breastfed will make you popular. A) Is this a goal of most parents? Don't we want our kids to be happy and healthy, as opposed to having a "high social status"? and B) I think there are probably a lot of other issues that go into raising highly adaptable kids -- AKA mini social climbers.
By no means do I think women who breastfeed their babies are "better" moms. Not for a minute. My nursing experience wasn't what I thought it would be at all. But I think maybe what this -- and many other studies -- aren't taking into account is the fact that moms who breastfeed are typically the moms who do what is "recommended." I'm sure these moms also feed their kids nutritious food, talk to them, and provide them with enriching stimulation. All factors which can contribute to junior being captain of the football team. All things that loving, nurturing formula feeders, who are committed to raising happy, healthy kids, do too.
What do you think of this study?
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