Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their babies

Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their babies are more likely to bond emotionally with their child during the first few months after delivery than mothers who give formula milk.    The breastfeeding mothers surveyed for the study, based on brain scans, showed greater responses in brain regions related to care giving behaviour and empathy when their babies cried than mothers who relied upon formula as the baby’s main food source.   Up to three or four months after delivery, some of these brain regions, (amygdala, putamen, globus pallidus, and superior frontal gyrus) continued to activate and were correlated with maternal, sensitive behaviour among the same group of mothers.   (Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2011, doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2011.02406)