It is a widely held medical belief that breastfeeding can protect mother and baby from various diseases. Many studies have proven those to be true. But now, not only diseases, but perhaps even mental ability of the baby can also be enhanced and protected.
A group of Israeli researchers are saying that breastfeeding may protect against future ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)later in the child's life. ADHD can include things like having trouble paying attention, and other acting out behaviors such as overactivity.
Nobody really knows the true causes of ADHD, but experts suspect that perhaps how the infant is cared for and treated may be one contribution to developing ADHD symptoms.
In the Israeli study, babies that were breastfed for 3 to 6 months showed a statistically lower incidence of ADHD.
It should be noted that health organizations promote breastfeeding until at least age 6 months to gain the full benefits. Breastfeeding your baby for at least 6 months or longer should be your goal. Research continually shows the benefits.
This study on ADHD and breastfeeding is published in Breastfeeding Medicine, the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.
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