Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Breastfed Babies may end up Better Behaved

Add yet another potential benefit to breast-feeding: Fewer behavioral problems in young children.

The new study reviewed more than 100,000 interviews of parents and guardians of children between the ages of 10 months and 18 years who participated in the National Survey of Children's Health.

Parents were asked about breast-feeding and about their child's behavior and mental health.
Examples of questions included:

  • Are you currently concerned a lot, a little or not at all about how your child behaves?
  • How he/she is learning pre-school or school skills?
  • Has a doctor or health professional ever told you that your child has behavioral or conduct problems?

Parents of children who were breast-fed were 15 percent less likely to be concerned about their child's behavior, compared to formula-fed infants. And the breast-fed children were 37 percent less likely to have a medically diagnosed behavioral or conduct problem, according to the study.

Read the full article here.