11 May '11, 10am

Breast-fed children end up better behaved than those who are not: Study

LONDON - Babies who are breast-fed are less likely to have behavioural problems by the age of five than those given formula milk, according to new research. The project was carried out by the universities of Oxford, Essex and York, together with University College London. More than 10,000 mother and baby pairs of white ethnic background took part. They were interviewed when the baby was nine months old and again at two-yearly intervals. The researchers asked parents to fill in questionnaires to assess their children's potential behavioural difficulties, which included clinginess, anxiety and hyperactivity. Some 29 per cent of the babies born at full-term and 21 per cent of those born prematurely were breast-fed for at least four months. But only 4 per cent of the breast-fed babies showed a tendency to behavioural problems compared with 16 per cent of those fed formula milk...

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