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Breastfeeding associated with better brain development, neurocognitive outcomes
 

Breastfeeding associated with better brain development, neurocognitive outcomes

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A new study, which followed 180 pre-term infants from birth to age seven, found that babies who were fed more breast milk within the first 28 days of life had had larger volumes of certain regions of the brain at term equivalent and had better IQs, academic achievement, working memory, and motor function.
 
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30 Jul 2016 - General
 
This is an interesting observational study. Although I am wondering, why did they measure deep gray matter volumes? Although deep gray matter contains the most neuronal cell bodies, it is also associated with a variety of functions aside from cognition. It is not always correct to assume that larger brain volumes are associated with more synapses. As of now, synaptic counts are only employed in very limited experimental studies. But in my opinion, it is better to correlate cognitive function wit...
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