Study provides the strongest evidence to date that breastfeeding makes kids smarter
By Roger Highfield
Breastfeeding makes children smarter, concludes the biggest study of its kind.
There have been a number of studies which have suggested a link between breast feeding and IQ but this has been treated with scepticism because they had studied children whose mothers chose to breastfeed and compared with those whose mothers chose not to, and there were always fears that the link could say more about social factors than breast milk itself.
Now these confounding factors have been swept away in the largest scientifically designed study of breastfeeding ever conducted which concludes that breastfeeding raises children's IQs and improves their academic performance.
"Our study provides the strongest evidence to date that prolonged and exclusive breastfeeding makes kids smarter," says Prof Michael Kramer at McGill University, lead investigator, who believes the findings will be a boon for efforts "to promote, protect and support breastfeeding."
See: Breastfeeding makes children smarter - Telegraph