May 15, 2017
No statistically significant cognitive benefits due to breast-feeding were demonstrated by the time children enter school at 5 years, although reduced hyperactivity was noted at younger ages, according to study in Pediatrics.
“The medical benefits of breast-feeding for both mother and child are considered numerous and well documented,” Lisa-Christine Girard, PhD, and colleagues wrote. “Yet the effect of breast-feeding on general cognitive abilities has been a topic of debate for nearly a century. The majority of studies in this field are observational; thus, the casual implications of breast-feeding are questionable given the inherent difficulty in controlling for selection into breast-feeding.”