I am a healthcare executive who is also a reseach scientist and an advocate. I like being multi-layered. I like nuance. I like looking at data but I also mightily believe in my gut. The power of one’s gut can’t be underestimated. In the healthcare field it is quite ironic that there is this emphasis on evidenced based practices considering that around 75% of the time doctors cant figure out out what’s wrong. That number may be a slight exageration but many agree the percentage is quite high. Where am I going with this? Maybe I’m in the wrong field. Maybe I am perfectly suited for it due to my skepticism, use of gut, and my keen love of crunching data.
Now, I am heading to a larger point here. I’m not just waxing philosophical about my career choice.
I saw a few newsfeed noet a recent research study that supposedly found that breastfed children are not necessarily smarter. Oh No! You mean to tell me that I breastfed for 16 months and won’t have a smart child? I can only shake my head at this. Yes, I suppose it advances science to do such research and find our what are the benefits of breastfeeding. But I will tell you this. I don’t care whether it leads to kids being smarter or not. If you do a quick search on this study with certain key words, you get over 733,000 results. And this is just a few days after the results were published. I can tell you most research studies are lucky if a total of 100 people read them.
But back to me. I am glad that I breastfed and would do it again regardless of whether it leads to my kid scoring slightly higher on an exam. There are so many other benefits to it such as free food. Just kidding. But there are intangible benefits. I liked having my son so close to me and I hope that we remain psychologically close. There is something so beautiful to the act.
My sister didn’t breastfeed and that is ok. I am not one of those people that thinks that every mother has to have the same script. We have different lives and different contexts. For me it worked. If he gets a higher IQ that’s just the icing on the cake. But its not the end all, be all. Thus, I won’t even give such research any more attention. In this instance, I don’t need any data. Its my gut and heart that led.