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Lots of breastfeeding reduces infant stress

Abi Rangecroft

Infants who are breastfed exclusively show less hypothalamic stress response than infants who have been breastfed little or not at all, according to a study in 42 healthy, 5-month-old infants and their mothers.

Article from Contemporary Pediactrics

Half of the infants in the study group had been breastfed continuously since birth (high-breastfeeding group), whereas the other half had been breastfed for no longer than 3 weeks or had not been breastfed (low-breastfeeding group). Investigators compared cortisol stress reactivity in the 2 groups of infants by analyzing saliva samples before and 30 minutes after conducting a mother-infant interaction procedure...


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