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Are breastfed babies more likely to have separation anxity?

  • Yes, breastfed babies are more likely to have separation anxity

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Just curious as to what your thoughts were on if you think breastfed babies are more likely to have separation anxity than formula fed babies. My son never had separation anxity and was ffed and it's started like mad with my dd who is bfed.
 

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Separation anxiety has to do with crawling and increasing independence... it is the natural mechanism to keep baby safe and close to mama even though he has the capability to go away. It is also a sign that the baby has become securely 'attached' to a primary caregiver.<br>
That said, the way you interact w/baby and react to their anxiety (I guess feeding could be a part of that) has an impact on the duration and severity of the stage.
 

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I think it just depends on the baby. I was ffed and had wicked seperation anxiety. My dd is still breastfed and didn't really care if I was there or not unless she was tired (she nursed down to sleep until she was 19 months old and still needs me, not daddy, to lay down with her.)
 

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Separation anxiety is actually a *good* thing, a sign of healthy attachment. Since breastfeeding has been shown to foster attachment, I would expect breastfed babies to show stronger signs of separation anxiety during the normal age for that phase, but I wouldn't take that to be a bad sign. I'm not sure if anybody has actually done research that shows a connection between breastfeeding/separation anxiety, though.<br><br>
Please note: how much separation/stranger anxiety a baby shows is also highly dependent on that child's own personality as well as a lot of other factors. And I'm also not saying that bottle fed babies cannot have a healthy attachment to their parents.
 

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My wonderful mother in law swears it has everything to do with being breastfed, that's the main reason I wanted to hear what you all thought!
 

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My MIL says the same thing, that since anyone can give a baby a bottle, they don't worry that their food source is wandering off when mom leaves the room. Don't know how much truth there is to that, though.
 

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If I had to leave my baby I would have separation anxiety. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Is it because I breastfeed my babies?
 

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I think it depends on the baby. My first was formula fed after 6 months because I lost supply in pregnancy. Even though he loved his bottle and eventually demanded to feed it to himself, he still cried when he knew I had to go somewhere. My second is almost 9 months old and has only had bottles of EBM, otherwise he is breastfed. Henri does have worse separation anxiety than his brother did, but he is a different child. He has also co slept with us from day one and overall my parenting with him has been much more attached. I don't think feeding has much to do with it, at least in my experience.
 

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I really think it happens no matter what. My niece was 100% formula fed and goes to daycare and she still has separation anxiety. My 100% breastfed babies went through it too, of course.
 

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i think that breastfed babies may have separation anxiety, but as their needs for closeness are so regularly met that they may suffer it to a lesser degree than they would have had they not been breastfed.
 
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