The Breastfeeding Debate: Maybe It’s More About Listening to a Child’s Cues

May 12, 2017 by: Benjamin G. Gibbs, PhD Article Tags:

Breastfeeding matters for a child’s development but not in the way we typically think. The World Heath Organization guidelines recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed for 6 or more months. Using this duration as a benchmark, Renata Forste and I analyzed data collected from over 7,500 children across the United States from birth to age five…

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Benjamin Gibbs received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Ohio State University in 2009. His research examines the long-term impact of early childhood health and cognitive skill disparities by race, class, and gender.   Renata Forste received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1992.  Professor Forste taught for three years at Western Washington University before joining the faculty in the Department of Sociology at BYU in 1995. She has served as department chair, director of Women's Studies, associate dean in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, and director of Latin American Studies.  Her research focuses on family interaction and child well-being in Latin America and the U.S. 

Benjamin G. Gibbs

Benjamin G. Gibbs, PhD