Breast milk boosts brain growth of premature babies
Feeding premature babies mostly breast milk – irrespective of whether that came from the babies’ own mothers or donated by other women – during the first month of life appears to spur more robust brain growth, compared with babies given little or no breast milk, says a study. “The brains of babies born before their due dates usually are not fully developed,” said senior investigator Cynthia Rogers from St. Louis Children’s Hospital in the US. “But breast milk has been shown to be helpful in other areas of development, so we looked to see what effect it might have on the brain,” Rogers said. “With MRI scans, we found that babies fed more breast milk had larger brain volumes. This is important because several other studies have shown a correlation between brain volume and cognitive development,” Rogers explained.
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May 3, 2016Like