ArLyne's Diamonds

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Does Multi-tasking contribute to autism?

I was born in an era when mother's were taught that bottle feeding was healthier than breast feeding... thus many of my generation missed out on the wonderful nurturing and bonding that breast feeding typically provides.

when bottle-feeding it is easy to prop the bottle on a pillow near the infant and thus not have to hold the baby.  Did this produce a generation of people who were less likely to feel comfortable nurturing and being nurtured?  I suspect so.

Now, the cases of autism being recorded are incredibly larger than at any other time in our history.  Of course a portion of these statistics are due to better diagnoses and diagnosis du jour.

However, I think a percentage of children with autism developed this syndrome because their mother - while nursing - was multi-tasking instead of nurturing.   Remember what I said about a portion of bottle fed babies.

If I pay attention to my infant while nursing, I am cuddling her/him and probably looking at my baby, engaging him/her in interaction with me.  If, on the other hand, I am multi-tasking - such as reading my e-mails texting, or working on the phone, my breast is no more than the bottle and instead of nurturing, it is as though my baby were propped up beside the pillow holding the milk.

Think about it.   Doesn't it make intuitive sense?   Someone ought to do the research.

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