AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 2, 2017

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Breastfeeding Associated with Better Brain Development and Neurocognitive Outcomes

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New research finds pre-term babies fed more breast milk in the first 28 days of life had larger deep nuclear gray matter volume and better IQs, academic achievements, memory and motor function by age 7

“Our data support current recommendations for using mother’s milk to feed pre-term babies during their neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization. This is not only important for moms, but also for hospitals, employers and friends and family members, so that they can provide the support that’s needed during this time when mothers are under stress and working so hard to produce milk for their babies,” says Mandy Brown Blefort, MD, a researcher and physician in the Department of Newborn Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and lead author. To read more, click here.

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