Breastfeeding Promotes Intelligence
Babies who are breastfed grow up to have a higher IQ, higher level of education, and a higher income, according to a new study published in The Lancet. Researchers in Brazil followed 5,914 neonates for the past three decades. As adults, those who were breastfed had higher IQ scores, spent more years in school, and earned more money than those who were not. The longer time spent breastfeeding, the stronger the relationship. This is the first study to link the benefits of breastfeeding to earning potential.
Cesar VG, Horta BL, de Mola CL, et al. Association between breastfeeding and intelligence, educational attainment, and income at 30 years of age: a prospective birth cohort study from Brazil. Lancet Glob Health. 2015;3:e199-205.
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