Breast-Feeding in Infancy ‘Lowers the Risk’ of Depression in Adulthood

September 11th, 2012 - 8:16 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Berlin, Sept 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists have deduced that adults are able to have minimal cases of depression if they were properly breast fed while they were infants.

The time that the individual was breastfed does not have any relation to the magnitude of the depression. Some German scientists conducted some research on 52 victims of depression whose average age was 44 years in a medical facility. These patients were said to have been breastfed or at least their mums weaned them for a period of about two weeks. This information however differed with a research that was conducted on 106 individuals who had stable mental health.

This study also showed that the majority of those who had been weaned as required had minimal chances of getting depression as compared to the few who were under breastfed.

The researches however said that there was no direct line between breast feeding and the presence of absence of depression in an individual. It is further said that a mother may continue to show her child some love and tenderness as the child grows and this reduces the chances of getting depression. It has also been shown that breast feeding lowers the risks of being infected with diseases for instance hypertension.

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