The idea that a stronger bond may be created between a mother and her child if breastfeeding is performed during the first few month’s of a baby’s life has been supported for some time, though the precise effects of breastfeeding on the mental health of children and adolescents has been largely unknown. A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, however, has endeavored to discover this link and has shown that mothers who breastfed for longer than six months had children who consistently exhibited improved behavior and mental health at regular intervals until the age of fourteen. The work may help developmental psychologists and child therapists understand the roots of some types of mental health issues in children.
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