Breast-Fed Babies Have Fewer Behavior Problems Than Formula-Fed Babies

Researchers from the universities of Oxford, Essex, and York as well as University College London, recently decided to examine whether...
Researchers from the universities of Oxford, Essex, and York as well as University College London, recently decided to examine whether or not there is a link between how we feed our babies and their subsequent behavior. Turns out, there is. The researchers found that babies who are breastfed are far less likely to have behavior problems at the age of five years, then are babies who receive formula. Overall, behavioral problems were less common in children who were breastfed for at least four months. Researchers even included other issues that can affect behavior, such as socioeconomic or parental factors, and still the breastfed babies had fewer negative behaviors. Researchers estimate that the reason children who are breastfed act better, later on, could be because breast milk contains large amounts of essential long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, growth factors and hormones - all of which play very important roles in brain and nervous system development and function. The researchers also thought that the results might occur because breastfeeding may lead to "More interactions between mother and child, better learning of acceptable behaviors and fewer behavioral problems." Child behavior was assessed using a parent questionnaire, the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). They looked at 10,037 mother-child pairs from a white ethnic background, and everyone who took part were first interviewed when their child was nine months old and then re-interviewed at two-yearly intervals. + Breast feeding and child behaviour in the Millennium Cohort Study

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