CHILDREN who are breastfed as babies outperform bottle-fed children on intelligence tests.
Those who received breast milk performed better even after accounting for parents’ wealth and education.
The Oxford University researchers said their findings suggested that the role of breastfeeding on a child’s cognitive scores should not be underestimated.
The study was based on data from 8,000 children aged up to 14 years.
The lead researcher Dr. Reneé Pereyra-Elías said: “In our study, we found that children who were breastfed longer scored higher on cognitive measures up to age 14 compared to children who were not breastfed.
“This difference might seem small for an individual child, but could be important at the population level.”
One theory is that nutrients in breast milk may help boost brain power.
Research has already proven that it strengthens the baby’s immune system and protects it from insects and allergies.
NHS guidelines say new mothers should breastfeed for six months.
But rates in the UK remain among the lowest in the world, with just 1% exclusively breastfeeding children for that time.
https://www.the-sun.com/health/5423251/breastfeeding-children-more-intelligent/ Research shows that children who are breastfed as babies outperform bottle-fed children on intelligence tests