Breastfeeding doesn’t affect how you bond with your baby, a study finds

Breastfeeding has no impact on the strength of mother-child bonding, a study has found.

It will relieve mothers who have felt guilty about their inability or choice not to breastfeed, a practice strongly recommended by health professionals.

According to a study, babies bond with their mothers regardless of how they are fed


According to a study, babies bond with their mothers regardless of how they are fedCredit: Alamy

That’s what the NHS says “Breastfeeding can create a strong emotional bond between you and your baby,” to encourage new moms.

But the results of the survey of 3,000 new moms suggest this bond isn’t just for breastfeeding women.

University of Lincoln researchers recruited the mothers, who averaged 28 years of age, through online parenting forums and Facebook.

They were asked, using a 30-question quiz, how they fed their baby under the age of three, their birth experience and how close they felt to their baby.

The research found no evidence that mothers who breastfed bonded more with their baby compared to other diets.

The results support those from Israel in 2019, which found similar results but used a much larger group of mothers.

Abigail Davis, the report’s author and a graduate student at the university, said public and professional opinion both largely assume that breastfeeding promotes bonding.

“Our study is consistent with the few well-founded empirical studies that do not show this association,” she said.

“Despite these findings, it should be recognized that breastfeeding is very important for many other reasons and should still be encouraged where possible

“This is for both health reasons for the mother and child and because so many new mothers want to breastfeed and feel unsupported in their journey, which can be discouraging.

“However, if a mother chooses not to breastfeed or not to breastfeed, we found no evidence that her relationship with her child would be affected.”

Breastfeeding has a number of other benefits, including the fact that it gives a baby antibodies that the mother carries against viruses.

It also reduces the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), childhood diabetes and leukaemia, the NHS says.

It adds, “The longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts and the greater the benefits.”

And mothers who breastfeed also have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, as well as heart disease and brittle bones.

Although “breast is best,” as the saying goes, it’s not mandatory.

Moms don’t breastfeed unless they want to, and there are dozens of reasons to choose formula instead.

Sometimes mothers find breastfeeding too painful or the baby doesn’t seem comfortable with it.

There are a number of medical reasons including the baby having to gain weight or had a stay in intensive care meaning they would benefit from the formula.

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Often the pressure can be quenched expose new mothers to an unbearable burden which can affect their mental health.

The NHS recently caused outrage for claiming that breastfeeding helps mums “get her body back” by burning calories. Breastfeeding doesn’t affect how you bond with your baby, a study finds

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