Breastfeeding Makes Infants Smarter
Given the extensive list of health benefits for both mother and child, it is hard to imagine why a mom would not breast feed her baby. And the list just keeps getting longer as more studies are conducted.
The long list of benefits for babies includes reduced risk of otitis media, gastroenteritis, respiratory illness, sudden infant death syndrome, necrotizing enterocolitis (death of intestinal tissue), obesity, hypertension and increased lung function. The benefits for moms includes reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and postpartum depression.
We can now add better mental development to the list. This latest study found that “greater levels of accumulated breastfeeding during the first year of life were related to higher mental development at 14 months.”
So the choice is easy mom. If you want smarter, healthier children and want to reduce your chances of cancer and diabetes, breastfeed your baby for at least a year.