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Not every mom can or wants to breastfeed – and that’s ok, according to new research


According to the Centers for Disease Control, 70 percent of new mothers breastfeed their babies.

While the physical benefits are indisputable, and most physicians recommend breastfeeding as babies who are breastfed develop more antibodies to protect against infection, a new study from the Journal of Pediatrics says there are no long-term cognitive benefits to your child from the act.

“This study in particular, I think, reassures those non-breastfeeding moms that that is an OK choice and that their baby has an opportunity to develop normally if they choose not breastfeed,” said Dr. Sandra Baucom, a pediatrician at Renaissance Pediatrics in Chesapeake. “Breastfeeding provides the infant with nutrients that aren’t readily available in formula that promote gut health, that help prevent infection.”

The study looked at more than 7,000 babies at nine months, three years and five-years-old. Researchers found that at age five, there was no cognitive difference between kids who were breastfed and those who weren’t.

 

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