For the record: I am a fan of breastfeeding.
I am a fan of breasts.
I am a fan of kids being treated as kids and not mini adults.
I am a fan of age appropriate toys.
I am not a fan of breastfeeding dolls… I personally see them as yet another example of us pushing little girls into rigid gender stratification and the whole “mommy cult.” (seriously… let them be little girls for as long as possible… ever think that problems like teen age pregnancy and widespread STDs might be in some way connected with this whole idea of thirteen year old dressing like hoochi 20-somethings and trying to act adult and mature?)
And just to keep this post from being all me me me… here is some fun science.
A new study apparently finds that kids who were breastfed showed signs of being smarter.
Ok, let’s take a look at that science.
First, and you have heard me complain about this befoe: the sample size… in this case, pretty decent. No complaints there.
Next: the experiment itself…. “Half the mothers were exposed to an intervention that encouraged prolonged and exclusive breastfeeding.”
The other half, weren’t.
So… we don’t know for sure if they breastfed more or longer or anything… just that they were exposed to the idea that breastfeeding would be, what, better? Healthier? Did they tell the mommies that breastfeeding their kids would make them smarter? Anyone think that the parent’s idea of the smartness of their spawn might relate in some way to the actual smartness? (Meaning encouragement and opportunity.)
Hmmm, moving on.
"The children’s cognitive ability was assessed by IQ tests administered by the children’s pediatricians and by their teachers’ ratings of their academic performance in reading, writing, mathematics and other subjects. Both sets of measures were significantly higher in the group randomized to the breastfeeding promotion intervention."
That sounds great… I wonder how significant the difference was though… and I wonder if IQ is really that good of an indicator of, well, anything.
But it is promising, yes?
Am I out of the “Anti Boobies and Mommies” Doghouse yet?
Oh.. and one last thing,
Here is a Baby Doll I fully support… just not for little girls.