Researchers have recently found that exclusive breastfeeding can lead to better emotional development. Actually, what specialists found now is that breastfeeding may have an important role when it comes to the language, cognitive and emotional development of babies.
According to the results of this study, babies who have been breastfed until the age of 2, for at least three months, have better emotional development. This includes key parts of the brain, too. Children who were fed via other sources, except for breastfeeding, have a harder language, cognitive and emotional development. This includes both babies who were fed exclusively via fed formula or fed formula combined with breastmilk.
The same research indicated that the extra growth was much visible in the areas of the brain that can be associated with language and emotional function.
“We’re finding the difference [in white matter growth] is on the order of 20 to 30 percent, comparing the breastfed and the non-breastfed kids.” I think it’s astounding that you could have that much difference so early,” a researcher claimed according to patheos.com.
“We wanted to see how early these changes in brain development actually occur.” “We show that they’re there almost right off the bat.”
How did specialists reach these results?
It seems that for researchers to achieve these, babies were split into three different groups. They compared older kids with the younger ones, with the main purpose to determine certain growth paths. This is how researchers found that babies who were exclusively breastfed have the fastest growth. Naturally, children who were fed with both breastmilk and formula had experienced more growth than children who were exclusively formula-fed.
The results of this study can be quite important for new moms when it comes to their decision to breastfeed.