Breastfed Babies Are Less Likely to Punch You

Cynthia Dermody

dog with rabiesA new breastfeeding study comes out almost every day. For some reason, researchers love to spend lots of money and time investigating something so natural, basic, what I equate to breathing air, since we know it works and women have been doing it successfully since the dawn of time.

But I'd be remiss if I didn't report the latest news that breastfed babies are less aggressive.

My first question: Less aggressive than what? A rabid dog? A Black Friday shopper? A carpenter ant? Read the facts and reach your own conclusions. My son? Somewhere in between the dog and the shopper, so I'm skeptical.

The study was done by Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Australia. Researchers tracked children of 2,300 mothers and assessed their mental health at regular intervals from age two to 14.

Eleven percent were never breastfed, 38 percent received breast milk for less than six months, and just over half were breastfed for six months or more. Somehow they reached the conclusion that infants who nursed for six months or longer are less likely to be aggressive, anxious or depressed during childhood and into adolescence.

What do you make of this research based on the behaviors of your own babies or older children? Does breastfeeding produce calm, even-keeled children?


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