Washington: Children who are breastfed are more likely to recover from stuttering and return to fluent speech, a new study has found. The study of 47 children who began stuttering at an early age found a dose-dependent association between breastfeeding and a child`s likelihood of recovering from stuttering, with children who were breastfed longer more likely to recover, researchers said. Boys, who are disproportionately affected by stuttering, appeared to benefit the most. Boys in the study who breastfed for more than a year had approximately one-sixth the odds of developing persistent stuttering than boys who never breastfed, they said. Researchers Nicoline Ambrose and Jamie Mahurin-Smith, from the University of Illinois questioned the mothers about their children`s willingness and ability to breastfeed, and found no evidence of an underlying neurological problem that could have inhibited the children`s ability to breastfeed and to speak fluently later in life.
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