NEWS: Formula-fed babies more likely to grow up angry & irritable

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Registered: 10-01-2010
NEWS: Formula-fed babies more likely to grow up angry & irritable
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Fri, 02-10-2012 - 12:21pm

Breastfed babies are less likely to become angry and irritable adults, say scientists.

A long-term study found children who were fed milk directly from their mothers in the first six months of life displayed lower levels of hostility aged 24 compared to their peers who were bottle fed.

Researchers now believe the feeding method, even in the short-term, could have a positive psychological impact and are encouraging maternity clinics to promote the method.

Commenting on the findings lead researcher Dr Paivi Merjonen, of the University of Turku in Finland, said: 'This population-based study showed that breastfeeding may have long-term effects on offspring hostility.

'Those who were not breastfed in infancy had higher levels of adult hostility than those who were breastfed.'

The study, published in the Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, tracked around 2,000 individuals from birth to the age of twenty-four.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-28-2008

Id have to say proof please solid proof and not just what they think is going on who knows why we get angry or orratable but a truckload of breastmilk makes no one happy it is food and nothing more.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008

I can see you are fairly quesitoning perhaps even cynical at the moment.

This is an early piece of research done on 2000 people. So while there could be what we call confounding factors and some other difference in the two groups could be present, there is a difference that was observed in a reasonably large group.

Time will tell, if other researchers can replicate the study.

In terms of biological studies on people, perhaps 2000 is not enough 'proof'. But if some other researchers replicated it, perhaps in different countries etc, how many people have to be studied before we have strong enough evidence to say there is 'proof'? How many people do you think should be observed in such a biological study? Please answer.

Proof, by the way, does not mean that we have to show that all breastfed children are the laid back adults, and all bottle fed children are irritable as adults. There can still be considerable overlap between the two groups and still prove there is a link. Proof of the idea would simply be that when large groups are studied, more of the adults who were bottle fed are irritiable than the adults who were breastfed. That is the level of proof you need. 2000 people was not a small study, but for proof, I would like sevaeral such large studies at least.

What do you understand by the word proof in biological studies? Please answer.

Proof is not one supporting anecdote. Lack of proof is not one contrary anecdote by the way. I can be a bit irritable and quick-tempered at times. And I was breastfed. That does not negate the information gained from what is a reasonably large study.

It is not clear from the wording of the short article if it is the actual breastmilk, or if it was the act of breastfeeding, which promoted the physical closeness and comfort that only comes with the skin-to-skin contact during breastfeeding. I wonder if it is more of the latter, than the actuall breastmilk. If that is the case, the mothers who EP or who have to pump while at work in those early days - well there baby misses out on that aspect as well. Researching groups of these mtoehrs would be one way to find out if it is the substance or the method.

If it turns out to be the method, with skin-to-skin contact, then any bottle feeding mother could replicate that, by spending a number of periods of time a day holding her baby close and getting direct skin contact. This would be a good thing for the baby in that case. And the mother, knowing that her baby would not miss out on that aspect.

Teresa

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Registered: 10-01-2010

Hey, GOP we haven't seen you here in a while!

I don't know if this will provide you with the proof you are looking for, but here is the

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Registered: 02-28-2008

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Registered: 02-28-2008

Thank you witch power!

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
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Registered: 02-28-2008

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