Research: Breast Milk Helps In Baby Brain Development

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Research suggests that mothers who breastfeed are helping their babies’ brain development.

A study in the Journal of Pediatrics showed that a new connection between breastfed babies and higher motor and language skills at 14 months old.

A link between breastfeeding and brain development isn’t new, but factors, such as the mother’s education and income, were thought to play a role. This study shows the benefits are independent of those social factors.

Dr. Jessica Sessions said the benefits come from the milk’s chemical composition.

“[Scientists are] they’re looking at certain types of fatty acids that they think are making a positive impact on the baby’s brain,” Sessions said.

The study also found that a greater consumption of breast milk gave better results.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies receive only breast milk for the first six months of life.

Research already shows breastfeeding protects babies against infection, asthma and obesity.

  • kim

    The new findings are not surprising. Breastfeeding is what is BEST for infants! We need to support mothers in their decision to breastfeed babies, especially exclusively to 6 months. This means better post-partum care and education, longer maternity leave, educating pediatricians about breastfeeding, and better resources for those who are struggling or unable to breastfeed their babies.

    • yep

      Pediatricians can be really detrimental in this. They are SOOOO quick to say a baby needs supplements which leads to Moms quitting.

  • corks

    Seems obvious to me. We survived thousands of years on it.

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