Can you guess?
No? Probably because we are all so inured to it that we no longer notice.
Cry MORE and smile LESS - than what?
Than bottle-fed babies, which are deemed the norm, that's who.
It happens all the time, in every media article and many promotional publications. The baseline that breastfeeding is measured against is the "normal" outcomes of bottle-feeding.
Breastfed babies have lower rates of ...
Breastfed babies are less likely to ...
Breastfeeding mothers have higher protection from ...
It seems we have become so complacent about the prevalance of artificial feeding that we have forgotten it is not the natural method of infant nutrition. We have come to consider breastfeeding as optional, superior, better ... best! When it isn't, it is just normal. The default method. The way every other mammal feeds its young.
Now, if this headline said "Bottle-fed babies cry less and smile more" it would be more accurate. Just as headlines stating "Formula fed infants have higher risk of (insert whichever "benefit" of breastfeeding you wish)" would be more accurate. But they don't, because everyone has forgotten the default.
And that is much to blame for the attitudes towards breastfeeding in the world.
And the world doesn't even realise it.
The impact of this means that we no longer know what normal infant behaviour is. That we are not told how modified cows milk formula is still cows milk and that was designed by Mother Nature to feed baby cows.
If I asked you to name some differences between cows and humans, I bet you wouldn't think of how their babies are raised. This is partly because you don't see a lot of naturally-raised calves today.
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Cows milk is by no means the most similar to human milk and is not actually a logical choice to replace it. But cows, goats and sheep ARE animals that were easily domesticated and so their milk was at hand when formula was first invented.
But that does not make that behaviour normal. Or healthy. But it is easy to sell.
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