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New Study: Breastfeeding May Help Children Move Up the Social Ladder

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Breast-feeding a child may give him or her a leg up towards the top of the social ladder.
 
A new study published in BMJ journal Archives of Disease in Childhood on June 24 revealed that children who were breast-fed moved higher up in social class than their counterparts.
 
Regardless of when they were born and when other factors were discounted, the children who were breast-fed were more likely to increase their social status up than those who did not get breast-fed. Breast-feeding increased the odds of a higher social position by 24 percent and reduced the chance of downward movement by about 20 percent.
 
 
Interesting study. What do you think? 
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Interesting... my question is what percentage of breast-fed children it supports?  I know a bunch of people that was breastfed until  2 years old and not all of them are climbing the social ladder.

 

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I want to know how they controlled for parental income in this one, because it seems like another study in which breastfeeding and money could get confused.

 

It's true that not all breast feeding parents are well off, but breast feeding is much easier for well-off parents. 
 

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I want to know how they controlled for parental income in this one, because it seems like another study in which breastfeeding and money could get confused.

 

It's true that not all breast feeding parents are well off, but breast feeding is much easier for well-off parents. 
 

That.  I mean how do they account for those who had jobs that couldn't be left or were non-supportive to breastfeeding/pumping vs those were supportive and perhaps higher incomme families where the mother was able to leave work and they made do with one salary.  I don't consider us well off, but in doing the math it just worked out for me to leave my full time job and stay at home for 6mos then find sommething part time with DH working 2 jobs.  He makes more at his part time than I ever did or would in my full time, so while I think it's possible for whats in the study to occur, I also think the parental income is a huge factor that can't just be tossed out the window. 

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"Giving formula during baby's first days may boost breastfeeding rates."

Huh?! What does that even mean?
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