The health benefits of breast-feeding children are well established and a new study by the American Public Health Association suggests that it may also have benefits for children's mental health. Researchers used data from the 2003 National Survey of Children's Health made up of 102,353 interviews with parents and guardians about the health of their children. The study found that parents of breastfed children were less likely to report concern over their child's behaviour and their children were less likely to have been diagnosed by a health professional with behavioural or conduct problems or to have received mental health care. Parents of breastfed children were also less likely to report concern about their child's ability to learn.
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