Estimating the effects of breastfeeding on long-term child health and wellbeing in the United States using sibling comparisons
This US study looked at associations between breastfeeding and long term health and behavioural outcomes. Data was analysed from a full data set of 11,504 children aged 4 to 14, and a smaller sub-set of 1,773 sibling pairs where one infant had been breastfed and the other formula fed.
Breastfeeding and early white matter development in the brain
This study compared the amount of white matter, which facilitates the rapid and synchronised brain messaging required for higher-order cognitive functions, in the brains of 133 healthy children from 10 months to 4 years of age.
Impact of breastfeeding on childhood cognition at ages 3 and 7 years
A prospective cohort study was carried out in the US to examine the relationships between breastfeeding duration and exclusivity and child cognition at ages 3 and 7 years.
Impact of breastfeeding on intergenerational social mobility
This large UK study explored the influence of breastfeeding on social mobility by comparing the jobs fathers had in 1958 and 1970 with the jobs their children grew up to have.
Breastfeeding associated with reduced snoring in children
A prospective birth cohort study (n=249) was carried out to clarify whether persistent snoring in two to three-year-olds is associated with behavioural and cognitive development, and to identify predictors of transient and persistent snoring.
Demand feeding associated with improved cognitive development but lower maternal wellbeing
Researchers examined the relationship between feeding infants to a schedule and two sets of outcomes: mothers’ wellbeing and children’s longer-term cognitive and academic development.
Iron-Fortified vs Low-Iron Infant Formula: Developmental Outcome at 10 Years
This study looked to assess long-term developmental outcomes in children who received iron-fortified or low-iron formula.
Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in colostrum, and infant mental development
A population-based birth cohort study in Spain was carried out to assess how the nutritional advantages of breastmilk may explain the relationship between breastfeeding and neurodevelopment.
Does breastfeeding reduce the risk of epilepsy?
An observational study of 69,750 infants born in Denmark has concluded that breastfeeding may decrease epilepsy in childhood.
Breastfeeding associated with higher test scores at age 9
A total of 8,226 9 year-old children were studied in Ireland as part of the 'Growing up in Ireland' study. Information relating to breastfeeding initiation and exposure duration was obtained retrospectively via parental recall.
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