New Study: Associations Between Breastfeeding and Maltreatment in Childhood

In this new study in Breastfeeding Medicine, researchers Kremer & Kremer looked at whether breastfeeding practices impact childhood maltreatment in regard to neglect, inadequate supervision, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. After controlling for covariates, the study found that compared with adolescents who were never breastfed, adolescents who were breastfed 9 months or longer had REDUCED ODDS of having experienced neglect and sexual abuse. Study conclusions: "Breastfeeding duration is significantly and inversely associated with childhood neglect and sexual abuse."