This is caused quite a stir on my Facebook page earlier today when I shared this article. The original article can be found here.
Apparently there is a new study out now that claims breastfeeding your child may protect them from developing Autism. This claim has angered many Moms who have read the article and rightfully so.
Before we get all bent out of shape over a study as ridiculous as this, we need to maintain perspective.
Anyone can claim anything. Anyone can stare at two things long enough and find a correlation. That doesn’t really amount to anything in reality.
I happen to think that this is one the most ridiculous studies I’ve seen come out in quite some time. It feels a whole lot like we are back to essentially saying that it’s somehow the Mothers fault.
In all fairness, I haven’t read the actual study. I did read the article and I just don’t know what to say.
All three of my kids were breastfed until they were around two years of age. That’s when they sorta weened themselves. Guess what? All three of my breastfed kids are on the Autism spectrum.
Breastfeeding is the best thing you can do for your newborn but not everyone is able to do that. Some people choose not to but others want to and can’t. Studies like this serve to further the guilt these Mothers might already be feeling.
It seems like these studies take a let’s throw tons of shit at the wall and see what sticks kind of approach.
I bet you if we looked hard enough, we could find a correlation between parents that use hand sanitizer and their children being diagnosed with Autism.
Please remember that most of these studies amount to nothing.
There are tons of breastfed kids being diagnosed with Autism every day. Likewise, there are tons of kids diagnosed who weren’t breastfed. The only thing that a study like this accomplishes, is muddying the water.
I wouldn’t pay any attention to these studies. There entertaining to read sometimes but you have to take them with a grain of salt.