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Breastfeeding and Child Development

Fitzsimons, E; Vera Hernández, A; (2022) Breastfeeding and Child Development. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics , 14 (3) pp. 329-366. 10.1257/app.20180385. Green open access

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Abstract

We show that children who are born at or just before the weekend are less likely to be breastfed, owing to poorer breastfeeding support services in hospitals at weekends. We use this variation to estimate the effect of breastfeeding on children's development in the first seven years of life, for a sample of births of low-educated mothers. We find large effects of breastfeeding on children's cognitive development but no effects on health or noncognitive development during the period of childhood we consider. Regarding mechanisms, we study how breastfeeding affects parental investments and the quality of the mother-child relationship.

Type: Article
Title: Breastfeeding and Child Development
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1257/app.20180385
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1257/app.20180385
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10130479
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