(CNN) - A new study finds breastfeeding has little impact on long-term cognitive development and behavior.
The study, published in the journal pediatrics, followed nearly 7,500 Irish children born full term, from the time they were 9-months-old.
They were then evaluated at three years and again at five years of age.
The researchers found that children breast-fed for six months or more had lower rates of hyperactivity and improved problem-solving skills at three.
But those differences were negligible by the time the child turned five.
Like many other studies, long-term benefits have been associated with breastfeeding.
But once socio-economic factors, such as education and income are accounted for, the differences between those children who were breast-fed and those who weren't are negligible.
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