Essay A Research Study On Breastfed Babies Linked From Higher Iq

838 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
Breastfed babies linked to Higher IQ
Before the introduction of formula back in the mid-19th century no mother had the choice of deciding between breastfeeding and formula and no infant had control – or ever will – over what they are being fed. In some cases, breast milk was not an option and the other way around. In today’s age, there is no formula that can duplicate the golden standard breast milk has set. To the population who was breastfed, the odds are in your favor! Numerous studies have been conducted to prove that school aged children who were breastfed have a higher IQ scores than those who were not breastfed. A recent study conducted in Brazil at the Federal University of Pelotas revealed that the longer a child is breastfed, the higher the IQ is through the age 30, and the higher his or her income at the time. Many variables existed in this study that contained about 3,500 families all from different socioeconomic backgrounds from Brazil, who had babies born in the year 1982 (The Lancet). The team controlled variables such as the family’s income at the time of the birth, level of education of the parents, genetic information, and smoking during pregnancy, age of the mother, child’s birth weight and method of delivery. After examining each connection, it dwindled down to two: how long the child was breastfed and his or her IQ, education and income in adulthood. Infants who had been breastfed for 12 months or longer had a higher IQ (about 4 points), more years…

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