BABIES who are breastfed for more than three months develop fewer “behavioural difficulties”, experts claim.
Some 11,000 children, parents and teachers took part in a study which examined child behaviour at the ages of three, five, seven, 11 and 14.
Experts claim babies who are breastfed develop fewer ‘behavioural difficulties’[/caption]
Lead author Lydia Speyer, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, said: “The positive impact of breastfeeding on children’s physical development is well known but the effect on their social and emotional development is less understood.
“Having identified that there are potential behavioural benefits, our study strengthens the case for public health strategies that promote breastfeeding, where possible.”
The study concludes: “This study offers further evidence consistent with the idea that breastfeeding plays a crucial role in children’s socioemotional behavioural development.
“Longer breastfeeding durations are associated with fewer behavioural problems in the short and long terms, though future research is required to illuminate the mechanisms.
“Results support current healthcare policies that seek to encourage mothers to exclusively breast feed for the first six months of the infant’s life.”
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