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Breastfeeding Versus Bottle Feeding - New Research Suggest That Mother's "Breast" Makes Baby Smarter!

Updated on January 27, 2009

Breastfeeding versus Formula - Mothers Know Best!

How a mother will feed her baby is a decision that every new mother must make.  Is one really better than the other?
How a mother will feed her baby is a decision that every new mother must make. Is one really better than the other?

Author of Study - Michael Kramer from the Montreal Children's Hospital.

"These results, based on the largest randomized trial ever conduced in the area of human lactation, provide strong evidence that prolonged and exclusive breastfeeding improves children's cognitive development," said study author Michael Kramer from the Montreal Children's Hospital.

Is it best to breastfeed your baby?

I nursed each and every one of my own five babies, and did not supplement while breast-feeding them - with formula. Experts have just released the latest findings about the positive effects of breast-feeding your baby. Particularly breast-feeding without supplementation! Apparently... breast-fed babies are smarter than other babies! Yikes!

This newest study about the benefits of breast-feeding, has nursing mothers everywhere celebrating. Like I said, I breast-fed all five of my babies and getting started and sticking to it can be a real challenge. It's very easy to give-up and give-in to bottle feeding your baby when the going gets rough. You can read more about this study by using the link below...

Am I suggesting that there is anything wrong with bottle-feeding your baby? Absolutely not! What I am saying, is that for those mothers who really want to breast-feed their babies, but run into the typical problems that new mothers will inevitably have getting started and sticking to it - this newest research just released is going to give some mothers that little extra umph to hang in there - sore nipples and all!

Research suggest that the breast is better!

The newest research on breast-feeding your baby is now suggesting, quite convincingly - that the longer a baby has been breast-fed, without forumula supplementation - the smarter the child is likely to be. That's big! So, if you happen to be a mother who is struggling with breast-feeding or even trying to decide whether or not you will breast-feed your expectant baby - this newest study just might make you think that breast-feeding is the only way to go!

But what about moms who just can't breast-feed for reasons out of their control? Or even worse - because they choose not to, for personal reasons? Does this now suggest that moms who give the bottle to their babies, are less nurturing than other moms? If you happen to be a young mother, up to say age 30 -35, I would let you in on a few things....

Is it more womanly to breastfeed your baby?

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I say - Mother's know best!

First, do what you are most comfortable doing as a woman and mother. The conversation and research about breast-feeding versus bottle-feeding a baby has been going on for decades now. When I was a young woman expecting my first child, everything "natural" was what was "in". I took the Lamaze classes to learn to breath right. I read everything I could get my hands on, so that I would know "how" to bring that baby into the world and be the best mommy in the world.

Then, by the time I had my fourth baby, and then my fifth baby... why -- what do you know? They went and changed a lot of the advice that had been adamantly delivered by reputable resources at the time my first baby was born!

Oh no! So what was I supposed to think at this point? Did I do it all wrong with my first baby? She was and is quite smart. LOL Now that my fifth baby is 16 years-old - I am looking at him and thinking - you too are quite smart! Now my second, third and fourth babies got a little mix... a bit of formula for convenience sake mixed in with mama's milk. There. I admitted it. I actually DID supplement with formula on occasion... me bad? At least with the babies that would let me get away with it. Certainly NOT my first! LOL

Well, come on... after all, I needed a bit of help as a mother. I couldn't possibly meet every need - of all five babies - with the boob! I really appreciated having that bottle on occasion, even though I was a very committed nursing mother. At the time, I felt just fine about these decisions. Guess what? I still do!

Mothers today are the SMART ones when it comes to their babies!

I'm sorry. I realize that the research these scientist do is important. But when it comes to the health of our babies, and choosing to nurse or not nurse - most woman without defense - will readily accept the fact that "nature" will always be the most credible way to nurture our children physically.

But today, choosing to bottle-feed your baby can have just as many benefits as nursing your baby. Bottom line, a mother's milk will only be quality - if a mother herself is eating right and taking care of herself. How then, can these studies really be accurate enough to really say "which" way is better to go for mothers and how they choose to feed their babies.

Take formula and test it against one mother's milk supply - take the same formula and test it against "another" mother's milk supply... Problem is, quality control is impossible when it comes to mother's breast milk. Therefore, these test are simply variable. How many variables is difficult to ascertain in this kind of a study.

From -

"The study is limited by the fact that the researchers don't know whether the positive effect on intelligence scores comes from breastfeeding or from characteristics of the mothers who are more likely to nurse. The researchers didn't include the cognitive abilities of the parents."

What about the emotional health of babies?

Like all the big studies in research - they can take days to actually read them. What we get in the news, is someones personal "take" on the findings or results of these research studies. I admit it - I have not read the entire research paper, but I am guessing that neither have most of the sources that are reporting on this study.

I imagine that most, have grabbed hold of only one part of this study and are now running with it.... "BREASTFEEDING YOUR BABY WILL MAKE THEM SMARTER...." . I call that sensationalism!

You mothers are doing the absolute best for your babies when it comes to feeding them. What I do know, and need no study to inform me - is that the emotional well-being of your baby is more important in their overall development that whether you choose to breast-feed or bottle-feed your babies.

Feeding the soul of your baby... is what mothers do best!

A Mother's Love - is what is BEST for all babies!

During my years as a young mother, and from all those many books and magazine articles that I read... the one single common sense piece of advice I took from it all --- was; whether I chose to nurse my babies or bottle-feed them on a given day - hold them close.

Holding your baby close to you during feeding time, when they are tiny - develops a trust - that will not come any better - by what they are fed. The smartness that you want your children to know - is that they are loved! What greater gift is there really?

A mother's love, regardless of how it comes - is what babies need for life, health and their overall well-being!

Moms, please unite - and do not let another divisive "report" - separate women, who really need each other's support - during this most wonderful time of motherhood.

Please, just relax and enjoy your little ones... it passes much too quickly!

Write On!

Feel free to leave your comments about breastfeeding and smarter babies here...

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      Cotton Bags 

      6 years ago

      Thanks a lot...I learned something new today (really...:-). Cheers!

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      7 years ago

      Great hub, thanks for this blog.

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      8 years ago from Chicagoland

      Great hub; I'm linking up to it from one of mine.

    • Write On! profile imageAUTHOR

      Write On! 

      8 years ago from United States

      Good advice, Aly. Thanks for taking the time to share:)

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      8 years ago

      Yes, breast milk is the best, but formula is the second best! The doctors and nurses put so much pressure on me to breastfeed that I still feel guilty (and my baby is 9m) that I couldn't do it. I pumped and gave the milk in a bottle for 7 months! God knows how much health I lost pumping every 3 hours including at night. I was sleepy and sick most of the time. I didn't enjoy the first months of my baby's life. Don't do this to yourself! Only well-rested, happy and relaxed mom can make her baby smart, happy and healthy. If breastfeeding doesn't work - switch to formula.

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      Write On! 

      8 years ago from United States

      Babycareworld --

      There are few people that would argue your comment. However, not every mother is able or wants to breastfeed her baby. We are fortunate to live in a time where women can make either choice and feel confident that her baby will develop healthy.

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      8 years ago

      Scientifically, breast milk is the best, there are nutrients in breast milk that help your newborn brainto develop, and other formula makers cannot replicate these nutrients. Breastfeeding protects your newborn from diseases since, as long as baby is nursing; they are protected by your immune system, which is much more developed than theirs. Breast milk is very well endured by babies, and hardly ever causes gastric problems, and breastfed babies are less likely to be overweight.

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      Write On! 

      9 years ago from United States

      Hi Chloe -

      Those are excellent points on the advantages of breastfeeding. Thank you for sharing.

      Write On!

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      ear thermometer 

      9 years ago


      Great post. Breast is definitely best! Many reasons for this but one is that antibodies are passed across from mother to baby during the feeding process. This helps to guard against questions. One of the issues that really frustrates me is the taboo over breastfeeding in public. To me it is entirely natural and should not be looked down upon. Together we should be taking a collective effort to ensure the future health of the nation.



    • Write On! profile imageAUTHOR

      Write On! 

      10 years ago from United States

      Hi Brittney,

      I agree. I know doctors are doing their best to give quality care to mothers and their babies. But, attempting to come to a conclusion which suggests that what they eat is what makes babies smart, is somewhat irresponsible.

      What a baby eats has everything to do with their physical health. Both breast milk and formula are quality sources of nutrition for babies today - particularly those born in the United States.

      There was nothing in the study that could prove it was the actual nutrition of the mother's milk, and did not have to do with many other contributing factors.

      Smart moms have smart babies. I think it is because they know what is important for their babies and they make sure and provide for them in numerous ways:-)

      Thanks for commenting. Have fun with your little one:-)

      Write On!

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      10 years ago

      I remember a whole 18 months ago when my little one was born and everyone pressured me to always breast-feed my baby until she was a year. I knew it was the better choice, but it is no easy task! My supply wouldn't stay up and I had to give into the bottle full-time after a few months, feeling like I was letting my baby down. Now I realize, that she's still smart and I feel like I did my best. Breast-feeding is a tough thing, at least it was for me, but doctors shouldn't put the pressure on these new mothers. A mother should be able to make her decision guilt free, knowing that her baby will be happy and healthy either way. Just my thoughts :)

    • Write On! profile imageAUTHOR

      Write On! 

      10 years ago from United States

      Thanks Patty.

      You are so right. I believe also that there are many factors which contribute to the overall health and well-being of a child.

      No doubt, a woman cannot go wrong choosing to breastfeed her baby - but loving and nurturing that baby both physically and emotionally must be done in tandem for the ultimate benefit.

      Write On!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Indeed. My psychiatrist acquaitance teaches us that breastfeeding also can help prevent psychiatric conditions later in the infant's life - both through physical and emotional factors. I'm all for it. Good Hub! Thumbs and toes up.


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