breast feeding

Pregnancy management - events after delivery

Pregnancy management - events after delivery - technical


Breastfeeding is beneficial to the infant. However, the mother who breastfeeds for 6 months or longer transiently loses 4 to 5% of bone density in her lumbar spine. Calcium supplementation does not prevent this transient loss of bone mineral density, which recovers spontaneously 6 months after delivery whether or not the mother continues to breastfeed. Calcium supplementation does not increase the concentration of calcium in breast milk or the bone mineral status of the infant in the first year of life.

Breastfeeding 'linked to higher IQ'

A long-term study has pointed to a link between breastfeeding and intelligence.

woman breastfeeding a baby

The research in Brazil traced nearly 3,500 babies, from all walks of life, and found those who had been breastfed for longer went on to score higher on IQ tests as adults.

Breastfed babies are more likely to turn into well-educated and higher-earning adults, according to a major long-term study.