New study suggests breastfed toddlers are better behaved
British researchers recently published a study in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood about the emotional health benefits of breastfeeding. The study shows that children who are breastfed were less likely to develop behavioral problems by the age of five than their formula-fed counterparts.
GenConnect explains that the results of the study showed 16 percent of five-year-olds who were fed formula had developed behavioral problems, compared to six percent of breastfed children.
The article by Reuters states that while the exact relationship between breastfeeding and behavior is unknown, it may be a combination of increased brain development from the beneficial components of breastmilk and the emotional bonds created between infant and mother during breastfeeding.
“Positive bonding between parent and child is known to be fantastically helpful for development,” said Peter Kinderman. “This is more evidence of the importance of breast-feeding and mother-baby attachment, not just for physical health but also for the psychological development of the child.”
Kinderman is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Liverpool and was not involved in the study.