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"Giving the mother's milk does have a positive impact on the growth, health, and protection of the baby. At the moment the list is growing longer because the mother's milk to prevent children suffering from ADHD", says Ruth Lawrence, professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
The study, led by Aviva Mimouni-Bloch of Tel-Aviv University (TAU) Sackler Faculty of Medicine wanted to know whether the short duration of breastfeeding was associated with the prevalence of ADHD in children. Breastfeeding Medicine study published in the journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.
Researchers compared the history of breastfeeding in children aged 6 and 12 months of treatment centers ADHD Schneider's Children Medical Center, Israel. Data obtained were compared with two other groups who do not have ADHD.
Before the study, the women were assigned to fill out questionnaires that contain educational background, psychosocial, health status, pregnancy, and birth. Through this questionnaire, the researchers wanted to know whether the mothers gave exclusive breastfeeding, give breast milk plus formula, or formula feed only at the age of 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months.
Based on the results of the study, children who have ADHD were given only breast milk until under the age of 3 and 6 months. While children who are breastfed until 6 months did not have ADHD. More details, a child with ADHD at the age of breastfeeding until the age of 3 months up to 43 percent. While the children were given a full breast milk until six months, only 29 percent of ADHD.
Even so, this research still needs to be developed and followed. "We do not yet know why the baby is not given breast milk. Is it purely because of the duration or eating habits are not normal. But this could add to evidence how important breast milk," says Bloch.
ADHD early prevention is very important in children. Previous studies said that children with ADHD may continue into adulthood. Children with ADHD also potentially suffer from other psychiatric disorders in the future.