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May102011

Study Finds Breast-Fed Babies Have Fewer Behavioral Problems

George Doyle/Thinkstock(HELSINKI, FINLAND) -- A new study from Finland provides more evidence in favor of breast feeding.

Published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, this study says that breast milk is best for babies. 

Many studies have shown that breast feeding beats formula for infant development when it comes to growth, cognitive function and immune response.

Researchers at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health looked at more than 10,000 mothers and their children in the United Kingdom.

They found that babies who were breast-fed for at least four months are less likely to exhibit behavioral problems as 5-year-olds compared to infants who were fed formula.

The authors also note that breast feeding means more involvement between mother and child, leading to better learning of acceptable behaviors.

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