Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Breast-fed babies may be smarter

Back to the whole breast feeding trip. Another way to encourage expecting mothers to consider breastfeeding their babies. It could help produce smarter children:
Canadian researchers said their study in Belarus links breastfeeding and a child's higher scores on intelligence tests.

The study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, found children fed only breast milk past the age of 3 months scored an average of 7.5 points higher on tests measuring verbal intelligence, 2.9 points higher on non-verbal intelligence tests and 5.9 points higher on overall intelligence when tested at about the age of 6, compared to children in a control group.

"Although breastfeeding initiation rates have increased substantially during the last 30 years, much less progress has been achieved in increasing the exclusivity and duration of breastfeeding," the study authors said in a statement.
Article via Newsalert.

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