Wired PR News.com – A recent study has concluded that breast-feeding may contribute to better behavior in children in addition to the numerous health benefits it has long been known to provide.
As reported by Heath Day News, the new study found that the likelihood of a child developing mental health or behavioral issues decreases in accordance to the length of time they are breast-fed. Researchers reviewed over 100,000 interviews with parents and caretakers of children under the age of 18 to draw their conclusions. Respondents to the National Survey of Children’s Health were asked questions pertaining to breast-feeding the health of their children.
Breast-feeding is also credited with decreasing a child’s risk of developing complications related to bacterial infections, some cancers, diabetes, obesity, SIDs (sudden infant death syndrome) and other conditions. There are proposed benefits for mothers who breast-feed as well, including facilitating a mother-child bond, and helping women lose additional baby-weight.
The findings of the recent study are set to be presented at a meeting for the American Public Health Association. More in-depth research is said to be necessary for more conclusive information.