She says pitted against bottle-fed siblings breastfed ones don’t perform any better in the long run.
Says studies that favor breastfeeding is based on observations made by comparing children of disparate families.
Data collected by comparing siblings fed differently point out that breast milk doesn’t have any special qualities that are not there in bottled milk for boosting long-term health.
Dr Cynthia Colen, from Ohio State University, adds that her data doesn’t in any way challenge established ideas, but could stand in defense of women who are unable to breastfeed and feel stigmatized.
The strengths of breastfeeding have been overstated a U.S. expert has claimed.
Those advocating breastfeeding like the Department of Health claim that mother’s milk inhibits ailments.
But as per Dr Colen’s research breastfed children don’t perform outstandingly vis-a-vis their siblings consuming bottle-milk.
It pointed out that they are prone to be obese and are average performers academically.
Dr Colen ratify that breast-fed children are prone to developing asthma versus bottle-fed babies.
She said: “Most earlier studies are dwarfed because they either out of laziness or sheer incompetence have little statistical control for elements such as race, age, family income, mother’s employment – factors that can directly impact both breast-feeding and health outcomes.”
Dr Cynthia Colen believes that there is no difference in performance of bottle-fed babies vis-a-vis the breastfed ones.
She examined 8,237 children consisting 7,319 siblings and 1,773 ‘discordant’ sibling pairs, one was given breast-milk and the other bottle-milk.
The study analyzed readings like BMI (body mass index), obesity, asthma, hyperactivity, parental attachment and behavior plus records showing academic achievements in vocabulary, reading, maths, intelligence and scholastic competence.
The results revealed better fallout in BMI, hyperactivity, maths, reading recognition, vocabulary word identification, digit recollection, scholastic competence and obesity for breastfeeding.
But filtering data pertaining to siblings differently fed within the same families, showed a zero score for breastfeeding’s positive effects on 10 of the indicators.
The research revealed that socioeconomic status was the key factor that pushed the performance of breastfed babies.
A shocking revelation that came out was that breastfed children had a higher tendency for asthma.