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Saralyn Mark, MD Do you breastfeed your child?
There are many benefits to breastfeeding, both for the mother and her child. The potential decrease in ADHD may also be due to a change in genetics, also called 'epigenetics,' which may play a role here. More research needs to be conducted, but the positive part is that there is no negative effect from breastfeeding.
We know that breastfeeding has a positive impact on child development and health — including protection against illness. Now researchers from Tel Aviv University have shown that breastfeeding may also help protect against Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder in children and adolescents.
Seeking to determine if the development of ADHD was associated with lower rates of breastfeeding, Dr. Aviva Mimouni-Bloch, of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Head of the Child Neurodevelopmental Center in Loewenstein Hospital, and her fellow researchers completed a retrospective study on the breastfeeding habits…
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