For preterm babies, what is linked to better cognitive, academic and behavioural outcomes? More breast milk!

Babies born preterm are more likely to have lower academic achievement in maths and reading, and to be at higher risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Now a new study from Australia finds if a baby is born preterm (before 33 weeks’ gestation), a higher intake of their mother’s breast milk whilst in a NICU can affect cognitive, academic and behavioural outcomes.



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Toni Harman

I help parents and health professionals better understand the science of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the microbiome.