This thinking was enshrined in the august medical journal, the New England Journal of Medicine, as recently as 1987 (see volume 317; pages 1321 to 29). Since then, medicine has made the remarkable discovery that: a) babies are human, and b) this even applies to babies that have only recently been born.
In a new study, researchers have gone even further, and have found that breastfeeding is a great way of calming a baby if it's stressed or in pain. While the researchers concede that this has been known 'anecdotally' by millions of mothers - actually, it's been known by every mother since before homo sapiens stood erect - it has finally been proven in a medical trial. And that, after all, is what counts.
(Source: The Lancet, 2007; 369: 721-3).
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