Study Said Breastfeeding Can Make Babies Smarter

Breastfeeding your baby can help them achieve academic success at the age of 10 or more. These finding based on new research at the University of Western Australia. They found that children who are primarily breastfeeding for six months, it seems better in math, reading, writing and spelling. "The effect was strongest among boys."

It is estimated that the bond between mother and baby during breastfeeding is promoted means more attention to mothers and support their children. Boys are more responsive to the attention of the mother in learning, may explain why breast-feeding a greater impact on them said the researchers.

The researchers also said that there might be substances in milk that helps develop the brains. These effects may be more pronounced in boys, because they do not have a female hormone known to protect the brains.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, said by looking at boys and girls independently, they found that predominant breastfeeding for six months or more related to the ability of children are the subjects of mathematics, reading, writing and spelling with a high score for boys, but no clear effect of breastfeeding on girls' education for each subject.

In average they have a significant interaction for math and spelling, which showed that more boys than girls has increased its academic value if the milk for a long time. Their scores better if the child was breastfeeding for six months or more.

The study included more than 1,000 children who were perceived by their mothers during pregnancy from 18 weeks until reaching the age of ten years when they were judged the default value of using mathematics, reading, writing and spelling.

The authors adjust for other factors that may affect the level of education, including parent education and family income. But they can not fully explain the intelligence of the mother.

Lead researcher, Dr Wendy Oddy, of the Center for Child Health Research at the University of Western Australia in Perth, wrote in the magazine the main benefits of breastfeeding for six months or more on academic achievement has beneficial effects on the development of children. Therefore, encourage mothers to breastfeed for at least six months or more.


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