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study says breastfed babies are smarter

Posted by on May. 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM
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http://www.couriermail.com.au/life/families/breastfed-babies-grow-up-smarter-says-mater-university-of-queensland-study-of-pregnancy/story-e6frer7o-1226350199848

BABIES who are breastfed for four months or more perform better on intelligence tests at age 21, a study has found.
Paediatric registrar Ryan Eisemann analysed data from more than 1600 people born in the 1980s whose mothers were part of the Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy.

He found an association between those who were breastfed for at least four months and improved intelligence in early adulthood, even after adjusting for birthweight, prematurity, family socio-economic status and the mother's education and IQ levels.
Dr Eisemann, based at the Mater Children's Hospital, presented the results at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians' Future Directions in Health Congress in Brisbane yesterday.
Speaking outside the conference, he stressed that even though the study showed that breastfeeding a baby for longer was predictive of increased intelligence at ages 14 and 21, it was impossible to say for certain from the research whether breast milk made kids smarter.

"I think it's partly an effect of the content of breast milk, and whether that's related to the fatty acids or other bioactive compounds that have neurodevelopmental consequences," Dr Eisemann said.
"But there's also the fact that mums who breastfeed spend large amounts of time cuddling and bonding with their infant so there's the actual attachment process of the breastfeeding that has an impact.
"We know there's research emerging that having secure attachment is very important from a neurodevelopmental point of view. I think you can't really say it's one or the other.
"It's probably going to be both of those things.
"There's also always the potential that there are other things that we didn't measure that account for the effect."
Dr Eisemann said the research suggested longer duration of breastfeeding should continue to be encouraged but, ultimately, the decision was up to individual women.


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FrumpyMama
by on May. 8, 2012 at 5:18 PM
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 Makes sense. Breastmilk is digested easier and turned into more baby almost immediately.

Baby_Avas_Momma
by on May. 8, 2012 at 5:19 PM
I believe it :)
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army_wifey_06
by on May. 8, 2012 at 5:20 PM
Me too!


Quoting Baby_Avas_Momma:

I believe it :)

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Kitsun
by Bronze Member on May. 8, 2012 at 5:21 PM
I don't believe it..but I am very pro breastfeeding!
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collinsmommy0
by Gold Member on May. 8, 2012 at 7:34 PM
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I think there have been a number of studies that have come out with the same correlation - thanks for sharing!

Of course, one time I heard that they shouldn't be saying 'bf babies have higher IQ,' they should say 'formula can cause a lower IQ' since breastfeeding is the control part of the study, not the variable.
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annaica
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I thought about that too lol

Quoting collinsmommy0:

I think there have been a number of studies that have come out with the same correlation - thanks for sharing!

Of course, one time I heard that they shouldn't be saying 'bf babies have higher IQ,' they should say 'formula can cause a lower IQ' since breastfeeding is the control part of the study, not the variable.
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NicholeLoraine
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I think it may be because women who care enough to breast feed want the best for their babies so they read to them, sing/ talk to them, and spend more QT which helps
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zannahdeux
by Bronze Member on May. 8, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I don't believe it...I have three siblings...the last two if us were ebf fed for at least 9 months and we are the dumber of the four! Oldest was formula fed only and she did the best academically, second oldest was a combo breast and formula and she has the highest iq....no matter still thinks it is better than formula
catholicmamamia
by on May. 9, 2012 at 12:06 AM
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Thanks for sharing! 



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bolz08
by on May. 9, 2012 at 12:08 AM
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it's worked for my kids:)

 

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