A new study led by Brigham and Women’s Hospital shows that breastfeeding in the first 28 days of life of infants is essential for brain development, as well as neurocognition.

The survey measured IQ, reading, mathematical reasoning, language, visual perception and motor function of children of 7 years. The results showed that breast milk intake at that time promoted an increase in IQ, memory and in motor functions.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States in 2011, 79% of newborns were breastfed. At 6 months, only 49% received breast milk and, at 12 months, the percentage drops to 27%.

This information is important for hospitals, employers, friends and family, which can promote a support during the time of breastfeeding to help mothers.

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