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Giving Premature Babies Breast Milk Not Formula Aids Brain Dev’t

Giving Premature Babies Breast Milk Not Formula Aids Brain Dev’t

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
A new study has revealed that giving premature babies breast milk rather than formula may aid in the development of their brains. Researchers at the Edinburgh University analysed Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI) scans of about 50 premature babies who were born before 33 weeks gestation. Scans were conducted on their brains when they were around seven weeks old – roughly 40 weeks after conception. They also collected information about how the infants had been fed while in intensive care – either formula milk or breast milk from either the mother or a donor. The babies who exclusively received breast milk for at least three-quarters of the days they spent in hospital showed improved brain connectivity compared with others. The findings of the Scottish scientists published in the journal