Oh Boy, A New Study on Breastfeeding

Michele Zipp
bottle fed baby

Photo by Peajewel

I'm always weary of studies -- a lot of times they make the people who fall out of the "norm" of what was studied feel bad.

So many of us moms already feel bad over one thing or another -- from not being able to spend as much time as we want with our kids due to work or not being able to buy them the toy they really want because of finances.

But, still, I like to read the study, disect it and discuss.

This new study comes from Australia and says that kids who are breastfed for six months or more are at less of a risk for mental health issues

Findings like this can make all the moms who can't breastfed their kids wonder if their child will be aggressive, depressed, and have a lot of issues. No one wants that.

This doesn't have to be true. Even if the study is 100 percent right. 

We all know breastmilk is liquid gold. But there are other benefits besides mama's milk that come along with nursing -- that skin-to-skin contact and bonding.

I have to credit my friend Christie for bringing this point to light when we discussed this article.

I tandem breastfeed my twins, and I miss them terribly when I'm at work. When I get home, the first thing I do is nurse them and that closeness not only benefits them, but me. A lot of times after my husband and I burp them, we hold them, giving each twin some one-on-one time -- our breathing patterns seems to become synchronized, all the stresses of our day melts away.

So for moms who cannot breastfeed for whatever reason, they can still achieve that closeness by holding baby close often...and beyond six months, and in turn, decrease their child's risk of mental health issues. This may even help moms overcome or avoid postpartum depression, which very often comes on when a mom has trouble producing milk.

What do you think of this study and my thoughts on it?

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