Breastfeeding tied to academic performance, ADHD risk among children born preterm

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Breastfeeding tied to academic performance, ADHD risk among children born preterm

HealthDay reports that “preterm infants who are breastfed do better in school and are less likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

Preemies have a higher risk of doing poorly in math, reading, and other academic skills, previous studies have shown. They’re also at greater risk for ADHD.

But starting them off with lots of breast milk appears to blunt this risk and leads to better brain outcomes in later years.

Researchers “found that  that higher intake of mother’s milk was associated with higher performance IQ and higher reading and math scores by age 7.”

Also, a “longer duration of breastfeeding – up to 18 months – was associated with higher reading, spelling, and math scores.”

The study was published in JAMA Network Open.


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