Johnny Dangerous wrote:I've only viewed a few studies, read a few things here and there..but in terms of what was there (possibly simply due to lack of data), the claim that either lack of breastfeeding or c section has an effect on the physical well being of the child have little to nothing to back them up.
On the other hand, one can reasonably infer that without breastfeeding, a part of the development and relationship with the mother might suffer, so breastfeeding is preferable if possible, and if not all attempts should be made to provide similar time and experience between mother and child. There is also no question that C-sections are difficult and traumatic for the mother, and in many cases is totally unneccessary (my wife gave birth to both my kids "naturally" and with no drugs - so i'm all for it) which by extension effects quality of the relationship/bonding with the newborn. To me these are more sound reasons than any of the nonsensical "research" i've seen from partisans on the subject.
That said, if someone has actual studies, and not just pronouncements of opinion, i'd be interested to see them.
The benefits breastfeeding for a baby' immune system have long been scientifically established, and no one in medicine has doubts about this. If the child dies from contagious disease, that is rather a big obstacle to health!
A c-section is less physically traumatic for the baby than vaginal delivery. I've attended both vaginal and caesarian births, and it is quite obvious from the shape of the baby's skull that they have been squeezed through a hole. Of course, it is to be avoided whenever possible, primarily for the mother's sake.
If I recall right some argue there is actually not that much data to support the huge boost in immunity from the mothers antibodies that many people claim exists, the only quantifiable data in that department shows that within int he first months various GI tract issues might be avoided, the last time I talked with an authority about this though, was a long time ago. The medical communities acceptance and recommendations of breastfeeding aren't just about increased immunity I believe, there is obviously a long and interesting history there.
As I said though, there are certainly other compelling reasons to do it, and there is evidence of some
benefit to be sure.
Both my kids have totally round heads, and never got conehead. the first birth was traumatic due to an issue with fetal monitoring (long story). The second birth at home didn't look fun, but my wife recvoered fast, and with less trauma than I have seen from anyone I have known who had a c section...just what I can measure, in terms of getting up. moving around etc. Of course none of that proves anything other than the fact that my wife is tough and lucky! I fully understand that C section is sometimes necessary (just as it is sometimes necessary to NOT breastfeed for a variety of reasons)..just from everything i've read the practice is a default rather than something done out of necessity - which is what rankles some folks.