Breastfeeding Benefits: Fact Versus Fiction

Breastfeeding is not a pancea. Parents deserve a nuanced look at the science.

Breast pumps. Ignorance is bliss. If you’ve been there, you know what I mean.

Studying breastfeeding benefits

We need solid study designs, solid statistics, and appropriate framing of results. Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

What happens when we raise the scientific bar?

Short Term Impact

Long Term Impact

Our results suggest that much of the beneficial long-term effects typically attributed to breastfeeding, per se, may primarily be due to selection pressures into infant feeding practices along key demographic characteristics such as race and socioeconomic status.

A cheeky graph showing that correlation does not equal causation. Source GLP. Credit to David Warmflash, astrobiologist and science communicator. @CosmicEvolution

What about moms?

More Nuance

Antibodies help offer short-term protection against infections.

The cost of exaggeration

Does it really have to be breast or bust?

The path forward

Breastfeeding rates in the US (Source)

My Bottom Line

Credit

About Me

Thanks for reading! See more of my work at: https://fueledbyscience.com.Photo credit: Ingemorsen

Scientist (PhD Genetics @Stanford) * Mother * Passionate about science-based healthy choices * Lifelong learner * Founder: Fueled by Science

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store