A new study has suggested that kids who are breastfed are less likely to suffer from behavioral or mental health issues than those who are not nursed.
The research has been presented at the American Public Health Association's 136th Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego.
To reach the conclusion, the research looked at whether breastfeeding is associated with decreased behavioral problems and psychiatric illness during childhood.
Additionally, parents of breastfed children were less likely to report concern about the child's ability to learn.
"These findings support current evidence that breastfeeding enhances childhood intellectual ability while providing new evidence that breastfeeding may contribute to childhood emotional development and protect against psychiatric illness and behavioral problems," said Katherine Hobbs Knutson, MD, lead researcher on the study.