Originally Posted by annettemarie
Saying that breastfeeding decreasing obesity is a myth is absolutely an anti-breastfeeding statement, regardless of what else he was harping on.
There are many things I am for and that I support, that do not decrease obesity.
Thanks for these links! I will check them out.
That said, just bc there is a positive correlation between BF and lower obesity does not mean that BF decreases the risk of obesity... I mean there is a positive correlation between increased ice cream sales and increased drowning deaths, but ice cream does not cause drowning (um... they both happen seasonally in summer!)
I admit I have taken only a brief look at the actual stats on this, but IMO BF does not so much decrease the risk of obesity as formula INCREASES the risk of obesity
! It is NOT the same thing. BF is the norm for mammal infant food, deviant sources of infant mammal food carry risks (formula). This seems like a more balanced interpretation of the data presented, including not only these recent studies, but also centuries during which childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes was almost unheard of. What are these stats like in non-human mammals NOT in captivity (and not forced to eat human garbage bc their habitats have disappeared)?
Before I decide that I definitely think BF decreases the risk of obesity, I'd want to compare groups that were neither BF nor formula fed, like babies raised on goat's or sheep's (or in some countries camel's) milk. Anecdotally, I think obesity is quite rare in these groups as well, both in childhood and adulthood.
Of course, I see raw milk (same species whenever possible) as a practically miraculous superfood. Still, before I'd say it decreases risk of a disease or disease-related tendancy, I want all the angles covered.
Originally Posted by Arduinna
Well I wish every child was breastfed and a part of me wishes that formula required a rx to get but that is probably subject for another thread. I just have a healthy skepticism of studies in general regardless of subject matter.
Originally Posted by abimommy
I don't think it is ok to call a woman "MOO" because she is talking about breastfeeding. I don't care who she is. IMO to talk about women like that is sexist and gross.