Do breastfed kids cope with stress better?
I'm not sure I'm buying this but I found this study posted on the All Children's Hospital web site (a great resource, by the way) interesting. We all know the health benefits of breastfeeding. But this study says the parent-child bond created by breastfeeding helps them later in school and that "children who are breastfed seem to cope with stress and anxiety more effectively when they reach school age," according to a report in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood.
It does later say "babies who are not breastfed may be able to reap similar benefits with lots of holding and touching." So that leads me to think they may be making too great a leap there. My guess is that the kind of parent who breastfeeds also does other things in their household that makes kids bonded and secure. It's a chicken or the egg debate all over again.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne