Friday, October 27, 2006

Le Tabou

It's funny that the French, who like to accuse American's of being prudes, are actually more prudish than us on this subject:

French mothers challenge taboo at 'Big Breastfeed' demo

In related news, a new study shows that infants breastfed for longer than six months have significantly better mental health in childhood. I suppose all these studies on the benefits of breastfeeding should be taken with a grain of salt. There is no way to do a controlled study on the benefits of breastfeeding since many mothers can't breastfeed that long, or at all, even if they want to, so there would be no way to randomly assign mothers to breastfeed their babies or not, and, of course, that wouldn't be ethical anyway. Breastfeeding is such a personal choice and dependant on so many factors related to both the mother and the child that any differences seen between children who were breastfed and those who were not could be completely unrelated to breastfeeding.

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