Breastfeeding, brain activation to own infant cry, and maternal sensitivity
Kim P, Feldman R, Mayes LC, Eicher V, Thompson N, Leckman JF, Swain JE.
J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2011 Apr 18. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2011.02406.x. [Epub ahead of print]
Background: Research points to the importance of breastfeeding for promoting close mother–infant contact and social-emotional development. Recent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies have identified brain regions related to maternal behaviors. However, little research has addressed the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the relationship between breastfeeding and maternal behavior in human mothers. We investigated the associations between breastfeeding, maternal brain response to own infant stimuli, and maternal sensitivity in the early postpartum.
Methods: Seventeen biological mothers of healthy infants participated in two matched groups according to feeding method – exclusive breastfeeding and exclusive formula-feeding at 2–4 weeks postpartum.
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