Do babies who breastfeed get more attached than babies who bottle/formula feed?
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Ania - posted on 07/19/2011
I breastfeed only and I don't know what you mean by attachment, do you mean that they don't want to leave mommy even for a minute and cry and are clingy, or do you mean that they can go and see everyone else and spend time with whomever. ??? Well my son is BF only so I always have him close to me, what I've noticed with formula babies is that their moms can leave them with someone else very early on. My baby is 18 months and we were never apart for longer than few hours and it was only when he was much older and did not need to BF that often. He is well adjusted, he never cries when I have to go somwhere, plays with everyone and is really happy. I don't know if there is a lot of difference in infancy between formula and BF babies but I believe that later in life (that's only my believe, not a study) when your kids are teens and adults are more attached to you when you BF and were with your babies to build that connection. My mom did not BF me for a long time, only 3 months and then when my sister was born I never had her to myself, she was not paying that much attention to me as to my sister and honestly I don't feel the deep conncetion to my mom. I see her once a year - I live 5000 miles away....that's why of the reasons, but I believe that BF has a lot to do with it. If you BF you are learinig patience and the fact that you have to be with your baby 24h a day and later when your baby is older you make more time to meet their needs or play with them etc. Well this might as well be completely false statement, obviously formula mama would say otherwise, and she might be right too. The only thing that is proven is that babies are healthier, because they get antibodies and tiny bit smarter :)
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