Premature infants fed breast milk have better brain growth, study shows

The brains of premature infants fed a primary diet of breast milk grow faster than those who are fed formula, according to a small study at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Source: Premature infants fed breast milk have better brain growth, study shows

Babies whose diets included at least 50 percent breast milk from their own mothers or donors had more brain tissue by their expected due dates, brain scans showed. The 77 premature infants in the study had stayed in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. They had all been born at least 10 weeks early.

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