Mental and Physical Benefits of Breastfeeding Found for Most Fragile Newborns
Researchers have been discovering more and more benefits of breastfeeding, and here's one more: premature infants with extremely low birth weight were found to have improved mental development and fewer rehospitalizations when breast-fed shortly after birth. "These findings strongly suggest that, whenever possible, preterm infants should routinely be given breast milk during their stay in the intensive care unit," said Duane Alexander, M.D., director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institutes of Health organization that conducted the study. About 40,000 premature infants with extremely low birth weight are born in the United States each year.
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