Breastfeeding for longer time linked to higher IQ among kids
A latest study, published on Wednesday by The Lancet medical journal, has found that the people breastfed as infants have higher intelligence scores in adulthood, and higher earnings. For the study, the researchers tracked the development of 3,500 newborns for more than 30 years. They found that the socioeconomic status of mothers had a little impact on the breastfeeding results.
In a statement, lead author Bernardo Lessa Horta of the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil said that there is a well established effect of breastfeeding on brain development and child intelligence.
The study was not that clear about whether the effects persist into adulthood, and whether a mother's socioeconomic status or education level played a bigger role in the results of previous studies than her choice to breastfeed or not.
Horta said that the study, led by him, has provided the first evidence that the prolonged breastfeeding increases intelligence until at least the age of 30 years, and also has an impact both at an individual and societal level, by improving the educational attainment and earning ability.
Horta said that the unique thing that they found in the study subject they tracked for years during the study, was that breastfeeding was evenly distributed across the social class.
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