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


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

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