13 Jan '12, 8am

Amazed that a tiny survey of 300 moms is creating "Breastfed babies harder to raise" headlines. #breastfeeding

Breastfed babies cry more, laugh less, and generally have "more challenging temperaments" than formula-fed infants, a study has found. But such behaviour is normal, and mothers should learn to cope with it rather than reach for the bottle, according to researchers. Infant irritability was said to be a natural part of the "dynamic communication" between mothers and babies. Bottle-feeding was akin to "comfort eating" - producing quieter and apparently more content babies who may be over-nourished and putting on weight too rapidly. The study rated the temperament of 316 babies at age three months using a 191-item behaviour questionnaire completed by their mothers. Scores differed between babies who were exclusively breast-fed, bottle-fed or mixed-fed. In three broad areas, breast and mixed-fed babies were rated as being more difficult to deal with than bottle-fed babies. The ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC120113-0000136/Breast...

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