Breastfeeding or offering a bottle to the newborn baby is a very personal decision of each woman, one that no one should interfere with. It is true that much has been written, said, and researched about benefits of Breastfeeding in babies. A recent study states that breastfeeding determines whether the child is right-handed or left-handed. What do you think?
What does it depend on that a child is right-handed or left-handed? According to a study carried out at the University of Washington (United States) on more than 60,000 pairs of women and babies, mothers could play an important role in this circumstance. And it is that this research suggests that babies who are breastfed are less likely to be left-handed compared to those who received formula milk.
It is believed that the ability with the hand is established very early - during the first nine months of the baby's life - and that this circumstance may also be determined by genetics, although the results of the study suggest that the nutrition and the bond that develops between mother and child it could be key too.
And what about the ambidextrous ones? In this case, they were placed in the "non-right-handed" category, along with left-handers. The figures from this study speak that among infants breastfed for less than a month, right-handedness was 9% less common; in those breastfed for up to six months, lack of right-handedness was 15% less common; finally, in those who were breastfed for more than six months, it was 22% less common.
Some have suggested that the biological basis for this is that breastfeeding increases gray matter in the brain and increases the development of the myelin sheath around nerve fibers.
Other hidden factors related to breastfeeding could talk about whether breastfed and bottle-fed babies have different neurodevelopment. It is reported that breastfed babies have higher intelligence and head circumference, decreased speech problems and a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis.
It is clear that this new study re-creates debate around whether new and future dads should feed their children with breast milk or formula milk. Because, regardless of whether one option is better or worse than another, does it really matter whether the child is left-handed or right-handed?
Generally speaking of advantages of breastfeeding for the baby, but this practice is also very beneficial for the mother. You want to know why?
- The mother regains her old weight more quickly, because the child consumes her fat reserves.
- To breastfeed protects women from anemia, hypertension and even postpartum depression (the hormone oxytocin is released during breastfeeding).
- More and more studies speak of the Breastfeeding prevents women from getting breast or ovarian cancer.
- Favors and encourages bond with the baby.
- Decreases the risk of osteoporosis, since breastfeeding helps bone remineralization.
Not to mention that it is more comfortable (you do not have to be heating the water and preparing bottles) and cheaper for family expenses. But we repeat, opting for breastfeeding or bottle feeding is a decision that each woman must make on her own and based on her individual and family circumstances.
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