Bonding Benefits in Breastfeeding Extend Years Beyond Infancy

A new study reveals longer breastfeeding is associated with increased maternal sensitivity well into childhood. Women who breastfeed their children longer exhibit more maternal sensitivity well past the infant and toddler years, according to a 10-year longitudinal study published by the American Psychological Association. The results held even after accounting for maternal neuroticism, parenting attitudes, ethnicity, mother’s education and presence of a romantic partner. The findings are published in the journal Developmental Psychology.

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About Giorgio Bertini

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