I was not sure where to post this so have opted for here. I've previously put it in the bottle feeding section, but don't want to imply that the article (or me!) is anti-breast feeding at all, because it is not. I'm sure we all know that BF is the biological norm and there are some benefits.
Below is a link to a world health organisation study, which I'm sure we would all agree is a credible source (and one that is commonly referenced when it comes to breastfeeding).
I'm only posting it again because delirium mentioned the positive impact it had on her, and I know others have felt the same. Including me.
With respect to publication bias, we observed that small studies provided estimates that clearly overstated the benefits of breastfeeding. Among studies with sample sizes greater than 1000 subjects the benefit of breastfeeding is modest".
Anyway those who remember me from when I was active in here will know I could write an essay on this stuff, but that's not the point of the post. It's just a reference, from an organisation that I'm sure everyone respects and trusts, saying what their research shows. Actual, credible research.
Hope it helps someone who might have struggled with issues around this very emotive topic.
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04-05-2016 07:25 #1
World Health Organisation - benefits of breastfeeding study
04-05-2016 08:04 #2
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04-05-2016 08:26 #3
I first came across your posts when I was in hospital the days after giving birth, struggling on every level with breast feeding, feeling like I was a failure, riddled with guilt and just a mess. I still remember desperately trawling Bubhub for something, anything that could lift me out of my funk and help me come to terms with being unable, for the second time, to breast feed my baby. I'd wanted it so bad, I hadn't even bought bottles or formula as a back up because I'd convinced myself I would just do it.
Anyway, long story short, you saved me from my own private mental torture during those fragile, emotional days.
Great to see this article again.
04-05-2016 08:31 #4
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04-05-2016 09:54 #5Senior Member
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Thanks for posting the study - it is a comprehensive and quality review of the long-term effects of breastfeeding. I don't want to debate the merits of the review (which is great) or breastfeeding itself but the quote pulled from the review is kind of misrepresented here. The way the quote has been inserted it reads as though this is the conclusion of the whole report whereas this is their conclusion in regards to the long-term effects of breastfeeding on blood pressure only.
I'm only nit-picking here as I teach epidemiology and as such don't want to see epidemiological research misinterpreted. The overall report did only find modest benefits for breastfeeding in the long-term anyway across a range of health indicators (based on the available epidemiological studies they reviewed) but this particular quote relates specifically only to the blood pressure aspect the report in its entirety is a good read so I hope people have a quick squiz at it!
04-05-2016 09:56 #6
I've got it opened on the laptop downstairs! just need a few moments to take a look!
04-05-2016 11:57 #7
I'll read this when I get home and can click on the link.
I had a hell of a time breastfeeding my son, and held on (barely) until he was 6 months. I cannot put into words the guilt I felt from the first bottle of formula, until about 2 months after we stopped breastfeeding and my hormones settled.
Not sure where I'm going with this but I look forward to reading it. Hopefully it will ease some of the guilt I still have.
04-05-2016 19:03 #8
You're right about the quote - sorry.
The conclusions to the multiple health areas are in the conclusions section at the end though.
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