Washington : A new study comparing siblings who were fed differently during infancy found that that breast-feeding might be no more beneficial than bottle-feeding for 10 of 11 long-term health and well-being outcomes in children age 4 to 14, says ANI.
The outlier was asthma, which was associated more with breast-feeding than with bottle-feeding.
The study also included an analysis of outcomes across families of different races and socioeconomic circumstances for comparison purposes, and those results matched other studies suggesting that breast-feeding’s benefits to children outweigh bottle-feeding. The lead researcher noted that there is a clear reason for that.
“Many previous studies suffer from selection bias. They either do not or cannot statistically control for factors such as race, age, family income, mother’s employment – things we know that can affect both breast-feeding and health outcomes,” Cynthia Colen, assistant professor of sociology at The Ohio State University and lead author of the study, said.