Lack of Breast Feeding Linked to Autism

Children ranged in age from 2 to 18.  Adjusting for age, children who were not breastfed at all were two and half times more likely to have developed Autism or an ASD.  Because formula with DHA/ARA was only available starting in 2002, examinations for ASDs and formula use were limited to children aged 2 to 4; however, even with this limited time range, the authors found that children who had used formula without DHA/ARA supplementation were nearly four and a half times more likely to have developed an ASD.  Compared to the exclusive breastfeeding group, the use of formula with DHA/ARA supplementation was associated with a nearly three-fold increase in ASDs while the use of formula without DHA/ARA supplementation was associated with a nearly 13-fold increase in ASDs.  This research came after years of no one following up on other research that found that compared to matched controls, children diagnosed with Autism were three times more likely to have been weaned within a week of birth[3].  And again, we have gone years with nothing that has followed up on this research (published, to date, that I could find; a point that angers me as it seems like the odds ratios here are high enough to warrant some discussion or further research). …

She obviously doesn’t understand “syence”.  Odds ratios are outmoded.  The question is who benefits and who loses and whether one group is more powerful than the other.   And imagine the embarrassment if the AMA had to admit that their autistic compulsions re: hyper-vaccination plus their lack of support for something as simple as breastfeeding has created this epidemic.

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