Are You a Nursing Mother? Don't Drink

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Women who drink alcohol while breastfeeding may be more likely than those who abstain from alcohol to have children with cognitive problems, say researchers at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, whose study was published in Pediatrics.

For the Australian study, the researchers analyzed reasoning test results in 5,107 children and evaluated comprehensive questionnaires completed by their mothers detailing whether or not they breastfed and how often they drank alcohol while pregnant or nursing.

They found that breastfed babies whose mothers drank while nursing had lower nonverbal reasoning scores at age 6 or 7 and that scores were lowest in children whose mothers drank the most. Interestingly, by age 10 or 11, the effects of maternal alcohol use while nursing were no longer apparent on the children’s test scores.

Sourced from: Pediatrics