MRI Study: Breastfeeding Boosts Babies' Brain Growth

A study using brain images from "quiet" MRI machines adds to the growing body of evidence that breastfeeding improves brain development in infants. Breastfeeding alone produced better brain development than a combination of breastfeeding and formula, which produced better development than formula alone.

MRI images, taken while children were asleep, showed that infants who were exclusively breastfed for at least three months had enhanced development in key parts of the brain compared to children who were fed formula or a combination of formula and breastmilk. Images show development of myelization by age, left to right. (Credit: Baby Imaging Lab/Brown University)

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And it would be nice if every woman were born with the kind of breasts that can keep up with a newborn's nutritional needs but many are not so gifted. While the findings may be valid please keep I'm mind the shame women feel when they try as hard as they might but simply cannot keep up with their own child's needs.
I can't believe I just said gifted. Ugh.

It would be interesting to find out whether those differences remain as strong (if at all) when the children are several years old.


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