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Longer breastfeeding gives higher IQ to kids

Longer breastfeeding gives higher IQ to kids

Longer breastfeeding gives higher IQ to kids

Many women have started avoiding breast feeding their babies. This may be due to several reasons, including the fact that most women have to rush back to their offices merely months after giving birth to babies. Breast feeding babies while working full time is a tricky job indeed.

But a recent study may give much needed incentive to many more women to breast feed their babies despite many hardships that they face in the course of their professional lives.

A latest study has found that kids who are breastfed for substantially period are actually more intelligent and tend to be more educated, and successful adults compared to the ones who are not breastfed for long period.

breastfeedingWhile talking about the findings of the study Dr Bernardo Lessa Horta of the Federal University of Pelotas says, “Our study provides the first evidence that prolonged breastfeeding not only increases intelligence until at least the age of 30 years but also has an impact at an individual and societal level by improving educational attainment and earning ability…What is unique about this study is the fact that, in the population we studied, breastfeeding was not more common among highly educated, high-income women, but was evenly distributed by social class.”

The study was fairly large and researchers working on the project actually studied breastfeeding data on almost 3,500 babies who were given IQ tests when they reached the age of 30 and provided information on educational attainment and income.

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