Babies Fed Breast Milk
Smarter Than Premature Formula Counterparts - Less Bed Wetting and Brain
July 9th 2006
New research published in the July issue of Pediatrics finds that
premature children fed breast milk in the hospital did better on tests
of mental development later in life than did others fed only formula.
The premature babies all weighed less than 2 pounds, 3 ounces.
The study involved 1,035 premature babies, some of which were born 3
months premature. Of these babies, one quarter were fed only formula.
The researchers took into account many factors, including the parent’s
income and education. They found that on the average, the babies given
breast milk scored higher on tests of mental development when they were
18 months old than the babies fed formula only.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that premature and
other high-risk infants be fed breast milk. Since the preemies had
trouble suckling, medical personnel needed to feed the babies by tube or