Journal article

Breast feeding and cognitive development in childhood: a prospective birth cohort study

WH Oddy, GE Kendall, E Blair, NH de Klerk, FJ Stanley, LI Landau, S Silburn, S Zubrick

PAEDIATRIC AND PERINATAL EPIDEMIOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2003

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine prospectively the relation between duration of breast feeding and cognitive outcomes. A cohort study of 2860 children enrolled before birth provided data from 2393 term infants of English-speaking mothers. Of these, complete infant feeding data in the first year of life and verbal cognitive IQ (Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test - PPVT-R) were available for 1450 children at 6 years, and a performance subtest (Perceptual organisation WISC - Block Design) for 1375 children at 8 years. Full breast feeding was categorised as none,> 0 to 6 months. Associations between breast-feeding duration and PPVT-R at 6 years and Block Design at 8 years were estimated before..

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