Exclusive breastfeeding and early stimulation linked to children's later success

HSRC researcher involved in Canadian Government-funded “Saving Brains” research which finds: Babies exclusively breastfed to six months old half as likely to have later conduct disorders; Enriched play/stimulation to age 2 creates brighter 4-year-olds.

Toronto, Canada — A pair of new studies further strengthen scientific understanding of the links between what a child experiences in the first years of life and later childhood behaviour and abilities.

Funded by the Government of Canada through Grand Challenges Canada, researchers working in South Africa and Pakistan report their findings in papers launched 21 June 2016.

“The duration of exclusive breastfeeding of an infant has greater importance than previously realized in several areas of development,” said lead author Dr Tamsen J. Rochat of the Human Science Research Council, Durban, South Africa.

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