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Breast Feed For Four Months Or Have Naughty Children, Mums Told

12/05/2011 12:26 | Updated 22 May 2015
Breastfeed for four months or have naughty kids, mums toldPA

Another day, another report to pile on the guilt for mums who bottle feed their babies .

Apparently mums who don't breastfeed could end up with naughty, badly behaved children.

The findings come from a report examining the health and behaviour of around 10,000 mums and their babies from birth to five years. It revealed that kids who were breastfed for at least four months were much better behaved.

The report, by researchers at Oxford University, also discovered that breastfed youngsters socialised better by the time they were five, and were less likely to suffer the behavioural problems that are more prevalent among bottle-fed babies, including hyperactivity, anxiety and restlessness, and even stealing and lying.

The report looked at other factors in the youngsters' lives which could influence their behaviour, such as time spent with their parents at home, but still concluded that breastfed babies were found to be 30 per cent less likely to be badly behaved.

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So is this proof that breast is indeed best, or just another set of manipulated figures to heap more pressure on bottle-feeding mums?

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