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    Question No breastfeeding causes bullying?

    I saw an anti-bullying message on a pro-breastfeeding T-shirt today that said:


    It's a cute shirt, but on a serious note, this really got me thinking. Can the tendency to be a bully really start as early as breastfeeding or not breastfeeding? That just doesn't make sense to me.

    I nursed my son, but not my daughter. She is a bit bossy, but I'll be mortified if the cause of her bossiness could be related to breastfeeding. Does anyone know of any research or thinking in this area?

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    Sounds ludicrous

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    Sounds like someone's idea of a joke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    Sounds like someone's idea of a joke.
    My breastfed baby thinks that "sharing" means bopping the other child over the head, grabbing the toy, and making a run for it.


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    This is the kind of stuff that made me paranoid when I was supplementing with formula, and evem now to some degree because my son gets his bm in a bottle. Remember that your LO isnt 'some children'. Sooooo many other factors play into things like bullying and obesity. And at the end of the day you can only give them a strong foundation and hope they make good choices. Im sure you are doing everything you can to set them up for success

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    I don't personally think there's anything scientific about that! I know kids who were BF who do bully and are aggressive and I know kids who were FF who aren't and vice versa. I think behavioral issues and characteristics are a combination of several factors such as discipline methods, home environment, etc.

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    I think it has more to do with how you are raised, what values are instilled at a young age, and what type or lack of discipline in the home
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    Wha???? I just find that shirt odd.

    My first thought was actually that it seems like a commentary on lactivism taken to the extreme -- like saying breastfeeding is the answer to every problem that exists in our society. If that makes sense...
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    Default Re: No breastfeeding causes bullying?

    And personality, personality, personality. Obviously, bullying should not be tolerated and parents MUST address it. However, some kids are innately more physical than others. My speech delayed little boy is big, strong, and doesn't know how to express himself very well. Result: He grabs and pushes when he should be using his words. Which is to say, some children will need more work than others to learn to manage conflict without physical fighting. I was small, wimpy, and extremely verbal as a child, and it would never have been an issue with me.

    If I've learned one thing from parenting this far, it's that I have FAR less influence over my child's basic temperament than I ever imagined I would. This isn't to discount parental involvement, but "aggression" is not all learned, either.


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    That seems far fetched. I was FF and I am so passive its ridiculous Then again my sisters were FF also and they can be incredibly aggressive It depends on the kid- and the circumstance- the enviorment.. n
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