Like Mama Bears, Nursing Mothers Defend Babies With A Vengeance


Women who breast-feed are far more likely to demonstrate a "mama bear" effect – aggressively protecting their infants and themselves – than women who bottle-feed their babies or non-mothers, according to a new study in the September issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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  1. afrustrated
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 16:05:08

    I do, actually, call bullshit. I think this kind of study would need way more dynamic and extensive samples taken. For all we know this could have beeen done with 40 women of the same socioeoconomic status in one small town or with two totally different groups of women with nothing in common… I like the thought, I liked the read, but disagree and doubt relevance. 🙂


    • Drew Starr
      Sep 05, 2011 @ 17:26:39

      I think mothers that are responsive and have a healthy attachment to their children, no matter what or how they feed their babies, will protect and defend if the situation arises. There has been a lot of talk about this article on Facebook and blogs. The saying “defend with a vengeance” is not exactly saying anything positive. The mothering instinct that is prevalent among all mammals, is meant to protect their young from harm. The only thing I can think of, how this would be any different for breastfeeding mothers, is due to the increase or changes in hormones during lactation. These hormones are not as high when formula feeding or if a woman is simply not a mother. So I agree with the article to a point, based mostly on the biological, hormonal, and attachment basis. But disagree with the overall statement, quality, and evidence of the study. ❤


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