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We do not know very well what it is that motivated the authors of this study to carry it out, perhaps a mother with a baby hooked to the breast was somewhat more aggressive than usual, or perhaps there simply existed the hypothesis and someone wanted to know if it was true.
The fact is that researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles have carried out a study to know how mothers behave when they have to defend themselves or have to defend their babies depending on whether they breastfeed, bottle feed or if they are women who still do not have children.
The conclusion reached is that nursing mothers protect their babies and protect themselves more aggressively than other women, as if breastfeeding would bring out a protective instinct in the style of the wolf mothers .
In the study, which appears in the September issue of the journal Psychological Science, involved 18 breastfeeding mothers, 17 women who gave bottles and 20 women who were not mothers yet (a fairly small sample, certainly). The researchers realized that the cause of this increased aggressiveness could be reduced blood pressure in nursing mothers.
This would make the typical response of the body to a situation of stress, whose mission is to help reduce the anxiety and try to calm the woman, be less, causing it to increase the value to defend their children and themselves.
Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook, one of the authors of the study, commented the following:Breastfeeding has many benefits for the health and immunity of a baby, but it seems that it also has a little-known benefit for the mother [...
] may provide mothers with protection from the many stressors new mothers face, while giving them an added value boost if they need to defend themselves, or their babies.
This plus of aggressiveness, however, was explained from the defensive point of view. A mother will not go out to look for problems on the street, nor will she look forward to breastfeeding her son, but if she sees herself in the position of having to defend herself or defend her baby, she will have more courage to do so.
The authors of the study talk about it as a benefit, although I do not dare to point it out that way, any more than I would describe it as prejudice. Perhaps the only thing that occurs to me is to ask nursing mothers if they have noticed an increase in aggressiveness when breastfeeding or not . Right now, thinking about my wife, it could be that I was more impulsive and somewhat less rational since we have children, but of course, I do not know if it would be equally if I had not given them the breast.
What do you think?
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