while generally Breast feeding in regarded as superior to Top feeding or bottle feeding child with milk/milk/formula powder based supplements, the moot question is what are the actual practices.
At the Sixth Element school & daycare research cell - we continuously study some of these trends in Gurgaon, with a view to attempt to correlate the same with learning outcomes and child health.
while this will vary with demographics of family/mother, summarised below is some summary analytics - which may illustrate some of the trends in Gurgaon:
Breast feeding for upto 3 months - 22%
Breast feeding from 4 to 6 months - 56%
Breast feeding from 7 months to 1 year - 14%
Breast feeding from 13 months to 2 years - 6%
Breast feeding for greater than 2 years - 2%
The Study was conducted over the last few years, from amongst parents of children enrolled with the Sixth Element School & daycare.
Since almost 78% of mothers reported that they had breast fed their child for upto 6 months - this seems to have a good co-relation with the maternity benefit of 6 months, usually provided by organisations in India/gurugram.
While the Sixth Element Childcare & health research is still on - prima facie there does seem to be a good co-relation between child health and duration of breast feeding - and the Sixth Element school & daycare recommends breast feeding to its parents for longer periods, than just the overwhelming “upto just 6 months” that the majority Sixth Element school population - at Gurgaon - seem to follow. Even if the mother is constrained to get back to work faster - which is often the case…it is recommended that a hybrid approach be followed, if possible, than discontinuing breast feeding completely .
Independent research done in India and overseas reports different outcomes - especially when the research is sponsored by baby feed companies, so its difficult to make out based on a google research which is better …. however the Sixth element school &daycare study seems to clearly favours breast feeding !
The Sixth element School & daycare - research & analysis cell, continues to study & develop parenting & childcare trends - and is eager to hear from you…to get your thoughts & inputs too.
Do write in the comments section below - and we’ll be glad to acknowledge & respond to your inputs; or of you like do write in to email@example.com or just call us at 977-363-2626
Or should you want to visit the Sixth element campus( at South City 1(B Block) or our campus at Tata Primanti(sector 72) ….we’ll be glad to show you around and discuss/detail this piece of research further with you. Thanks !
With our very best wishes,
Team : Sixth Element – the only