Mothers who feed their babies exclusively breast milk are more likely to bond emotionally with their child during the first few months after delivery, a report in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has claimed.

The report said that breastfeeding mothers showed greater responses to their baby's cry in regions of the brain related to caregiving and empathy, compared to mothers who relied on formula as the child's main food source.

Lead researcher Dr Pilyoung Kim, from the National Institute of Mental Health, said: "It is important for loved ones to support mothers and help them cope with challenges related to breastfeeding and parenting during this period. Mothers unable to breastfeed may benefit from extra encouragement to engage in sensitive, caring interactions with baby."

Posted by Robert Mair on 21.4.11 Comment on this article by sending it to: penny.hosie@pavpub.com 

 

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