10 May '11, 3am

Babies who are breastfed are less likely to have behavioural problems when they get older: Study

Babies who are breastfed are less likely to have behavioural problems when they get older: Study

Mothers breastfeed their children in front of a clothing store in a shopping mall in Montreal in this Jan 19, 2011 file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS LONDON - BABIES who are breastfed are less likely to grow into children with behaviour problems by the time they reach the age of five than those who receive formula milk, scientists said on Tuesday. In a study in the Archives of Disease in Childhood journal, British researchers used a 'strengths and difficulties' questionnaire completed by parents about their children and found that abnormal scores were less common in children who were breastfed for at least four months. Maria Quigley of the national perinatal epidemiology unit at Oxford University, who led the work, said the findings 'provide even more evidence for the benefits of breastfeeding.' 'Mothers who want to breastfeed should be given all the support they need. Many wom...

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