Breastfeeding Has Minimal Effect on Behavior, Development in the Long Run

Posted at 1:55 AM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 08:45:55-04

The medical benefits of breastfeeding for helping newborns fight infections and helping pre-term infants get stronger are fairly well established. But the long-term impact is less so.

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that breastfeeding has little impact on long-term cognitive development and behavior.

While the researchers found that children who were breastfed for six months or more had lower rates of hyperactivity and improved problem-solving skills at three years-old, those differences were negligible by the time the child turned five.