The Secret to a Well-Behaved Baby

Suzanne Murray
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Good news for breast-feeding mamas! There's another potential benefit to breast-feeding you can add to your list: Your baby could end up having fewer behavioral problems as he grows. A new study of more than 100,000 parents found that those who breast-fed their babies were less likely to report a psychiatric illness or behavioral problem in their child in the first 5 years of life.

And breast-fed children were 37 percent less likely to have a medically diagnosed behavioral or conduct problem than those who had been formula-fed. The researchers aren't exactly sure what explains these differences, but think it could be due to better nutrition—the nutritional composition of breast milk might affect the way your baby's brain develops.

The study also found that the longer you breast-feed your baby, the greater the benefit (children who were breast-fed for a longer period of time were even less likely to have behavior problems).

For more benefits of breast-feeding, check out Kaybean's great journal entry, "More Awesome Reasons to BF!"

If you breast-feed your baby, how long are you planning to do so?

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