Breastfeeding Baby’s Brain

A listener writes, “I’ve heard breastfeeding can actually make my baby smarter. Is that true?”

Breastfeeding has a numerous benefits. It protects babies from allergies, obesity, many illnesses, and even infections – while helping nursing moms lose pregnancy weight faster and have a lower risk of some cancers and osteoporosis. I could go on, but back to your question. The short answer – it’s true.

Researchers found that infants who breast-fed for a longer duration through the first year of life scored higher at three and seven years of age on various intelligence tests.

Whether these benefits last for life is unclear. But either way, breastfeeding through the first year is a “win-win” for you and your baby – and that sounds like a smart choice to me.

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Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:

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BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.

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