Feeling Guilty about Stopping Breastfeeding? (Part 2)

Another study (J Pediatr 2014; 164: 487-93, editorial pg 440-42) echoes yesterday’s study.

Design: The authors used a nationally representative sample in a longitudinal survey of 7500 children.  In addition to breastfeeding practices, the authors explored parenting behaviors including putting an infant to bed with a bottle and frequency of reading.

Results: “there is a positive relationship between predominant breastfeeding for 3 months or more and child reading skills, but this link is the result of cognitively supportive parenting behaviors and greater levels of education among women who predominantly breastfed. We found little-to-no relationship between infant feeding practices and the cognitive development of children with less-educated mothers. Instead, reading to a child every day and being sensitive to a child’s development were significant predictors of math and reading readiness outcomes.”

Take-home message: the editorial states that parents should not be concerned that being unable to breastfeed will be detrimental to a child’s cognitive function. But, “encouragement of breastfeeding for other reasons, including health benefits to the infant and enhancement of mother-infant attachment”…merit recommendation along with good parenting practices (eg. reading to infants).

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