If you needed yet another reason to breastfeed, here you go: apparently, breastfeeding enhances baby’s emotional and intellectual development.
Scientists found that children who are breastfed are less likely to suffer from behavioral or mental health issues than those who are not breastfed.
Using 2003 National Survey of Children’s Health data, researchers found that parents of breastfed children were less likely to report concern for the child’s behavior.
Breastfed children were less likely to have been diagnosed by a health professional with behavioral problems and were less likely to have received mental health care.
Additionally, parents of breastfed children were less likely to report concern about the child’s ability to learn.
“These findings support current evidence that breastfeeding enhances childhood intellectual ability and… protects against psychiatric illness and behavioral problems,” said Katherine Hobbs Knutson, MD, lead researcher on the study.
The study was presented at the American Public Health Association’s 136th Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego.