August 28, 2009
An evolutionary psychologist is taking on post partum depression with an interesting — yet morbid — new theory. University of Albany researcher Gordon Gallup says that — from an evolutionary standpoint, anyway — choosing bottle over breast is tantamount to sending your body a biological telegram that your baby has died. Here’s how he explains his theory: After polling 50 moms who had recently given birth, the team discovered that bottle feeding moms had higher scores on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. And those same bottle feeding mothers also spent more time holding their babies than the breastfeeding mothers did. Gallup interpreted this as an act of a desperate, mourning mother that …parallels findings among nonhuman primates where in response to the death of an infant, mothers of some species have been known to tenaciously hold, cling to, and carry their infants for prolonged periods after they die.
Comment from Leslie –
Very interesting theory…not to mention what happens to baby from infant formulas with corn syrup and Thimerosal (mercury)