Jerusalem: Breastfeeding can help protect against Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioural condition in children and teens, a new study has found. Dr Aviva Mimouni-Bloch, of Tel Aviv University`s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Head of the Child Neurodevelopmental Center in Loewenstein Hospital, and her fellow researchers set out to determine if the development of ADHD was associated with lower rates of breastfeeding. They completed a retrospective study on the breastfeeding habits of parents of three groups of children: a group that had been diagnosed with ADHD; siblings of those diagnosed with ADHD; and a control group of children without ADHD and lacking any genetic ties to the disorder. The researchers found a clear link between rates of breastfeeding and the likelihood of developing ADHD, even when typical risk factors were taken into consideration.
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