There a new (and surprising) study out that says, baby girls more so than baby boys, benefit from breastfeeding. Interesting...
There a new (and surprising) study out that says, baby girls more so than baby boys, benefit from breastfeeding. Interesting news. The study, reported at Science Daily, notes, "Challenging the long-standing belief that breast-feeding equally protects all babies against disease, research led by Johns Hopkins Children's Center investigators suggests that when it comes to respiratory infections, the protective effects of breast milk are higher in girls than in boys." Other points: Formula-fed girls have higher incidences of respiratory infections than boys. Breast milk may not prevent respiratory infections, but instead only helps a baby cope with it better - i.e. breastfed babies are hospitalized less. The study is not meant to say, only breastfeed girls, but rather that, if resources such as breast milk are in low supply, girls might be worse off with formula than boys. A good example of this is the recent earthquake story, where some babies were cut off from breast milk. Read all about this new study.

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