Breastfeeding Linked To Better Childhood Behavior: Study1,285 views
WASHINGTON: Children breastfed exclusively for their first six months of life have an easier time behaving as primary school students, according to new research published Tuesday.
Carried out in South Africa, the study assessed more than 1,500 children and found a strong link between how long they were breastfed and signs of behavioral disorders between the ages of seven and 11.
Children fed only breast milk for their first six months — as recommended by the World Health Organization — were 56 per cent less likely to exhibit such disorders than those breastfed for less than one month, found the study published in the PLOS medical journal.
Young children who received stimulation only at home were just 36 percent more likely to achieve high executive functions.
The study also analyzed a number of environmental factors that could influence child development, and found that children were two-and-a-half times more likely to develop behavioral problems if their mothers showed signs of mental health issues or severe parenting stress.