NEWS: Formula-fed babies more likely to grow up angry & irritable
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|Fri, 02-10-2012 - 12:21pm|
Breastfed babies are less likely to become angry and irritable adults, say scientists.
A long-term study found children who were fed milk directly from their mothers in the first six months of life displayed lower levels of hostility aged 24 compared to their peers who were bottle fed.
Researchers now believe the feeding method, even in the short-term, could have a positive psychological impact and are encouraging maternity clinics to promote the method.
Commenting on the findings lead researcher Dr Paivi Merjonen, of the University of Turku in Finland, said: 'This population-based study showed that breastfeeding may have long-term effects on offspring hostility.
'Those who were not breastfed in infancy had higher levels of adult hostility than those who were breastfed.'
The study, published in the Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, tracked around 2,000 individuals from birth to the age of twenty-four.