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Breastfeeding Makes Infants Smarter

August 30, 2012
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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.

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  3. James Akre on August 30, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Thanks so much for your principled defense of breastfeeding. But what I think you are saying is that any other mode of feeding makes babies dumber, or at least less smart if we want the observation to smart less.

    We are but one of +5000 mammalian species, each with its own species-specific milk tailored-made to meet the unique nutritional and developmental needs of the young for which it is destined. We are mammals; this is what we do, or at least what we should be doing.

    News this week from Duke University is that scientists have discovered how breast milk, but not infant formula, fosters colonies of microbiotic flora in a newborn’s intestinal tract that aid nutrient absorption and immune system development. Predictably as a result, I’ve seen 20 articles reporting on the “benefits of breastfeeding” but only one http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20120727204359data_trunc_sys.shtml putting the onus where it belongs by declaring that “Infant formula found to compromise immune system”.

    The discussion here http://bfmed.wordpress.com/2010/05/03/why-we-still-need-to-watch-our-language/ takes this notion further.

    James Akre
    Geneva, Switzerland

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