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27th June 2013 07:57 AM #1
Breastfeeding Aids Babies' Brain Development
Has anyone seen the reports about the recent MRI study which looked at how breastfeeding effects babies' brain development? It's excellent news for breastfeeding mums! The study has found that babies who are exclusively breastfed in the first three months of life have significantly increased brain activity (and associated development) in the areas of the brain which deal with language, emotional function and cognition. Those babies who were mixed fed (i.e. breastfed alongside formula feeding) had significantly increased development in these brain areas at 2 years of age compared to babies who were purely formula fed.
The researcher is quoted as saying “I think I would argue that combined with all the other evidence, it seems like breastfeeding is absolutely beneficial”.