PHOENIX - A study from the Journal of American Pediatrics suggests it really doesn't make a difference if a child is breastfed or bottle fed when it comes to developing cognitive skills.
A group of about 7,400 Irish children were observed in the study that collected data focused on vocabulary and problem solving skills at ages 3 and 5.
The 3-year-olds who were breastfed were observed to be less hyperactive and also better at problem solving, but two years later there was an "insignificant" difference when compared to children who were bottle fed, according to the report.
"My mom had six children and she never breastfed any of them," said Candace Wood, a practicing OBGYN at the Banner – University Medicine Women's Institute. "Five of them have graduate degrees and none of us have any allergies, none of us had ear infections, which is contrary to what studies show."
Dr. Wood is a mother of five and says she breastfed all of her children.
While she says she does believe there are proven benefits of breast milk, such as less risk for allergies, asthma and infections, she also stresses parents can raise happy, healthy children on a bottle.
Her stance is that there is no right or wrong answer, it's what's best for the parents and child.
"As a doctor who has patients who have had difficulty trying to breastfeed their child, it relieves me that I can tell them they're not doing their baby a potential cognitive harm that may be a lifelong issue," she said.