Breastfeeding Makes Children More Intelligent


A new study by scientists said breastfeeding helps brain development among children and makes them more intelligent boosting their intellect. This rise in intellect helps t children gain social status in later courses of life.  So,  breastfeeding has another layer of importance according to new studies.

Breastfeeding has always remained a controversial issue as women consider how it affects their personal lives. Today’s busy life shows a decline in this practice giving rise to many problems among babies. Still, working moms are not nursing their babies enough. They think they are too posh to feed. And bottle-fe babies are measured less intelligent than breastfed babies.

The researchers looked at data on 17,419 people born in Britain in 1958 and another 16,771 born in 1970 — comparing their social class at the age of 10 or 11 to that aged 33/34, and whether or not they had been breastfed.

The study clearly showed the data results which allowed them to establish a conclusion, ‘Breastfeeding makes children more intelligent’.

They made four categories from unskilled to skilled to professional to managerial people. And it’s seen that breastfed people are placed better, earning better than others. Their social status also gained some importance. They are being considered as important people, intellectuals.

In the 1958 group, 68 percent had been breastfed compared with only 36 percent in the 1970 group, said the study, which claims to be the largest yet to probe the relationship between breastfeeding and social mobility.

The researchers gathered data during regular follow-ups every few years and took into account a range of other potential factors such as brain development and emotional stress levels.

“Intellect and stress accounted for around a third (36%) of the total impact of breastfeeding: breastfeeding enhances brain development, which boosts intellect, which in turn increases upwards social mobility. Breastfed children also showed fewer signs of stress,” said a statement. No wonder a few years ago, doctors said a non-breastfed child can be a problem child.

As this time, older practices have so much importance for mom and baby we need to popularize them among modern day women. It not only helps children to grow fast, it helps moms to lose weight in post-delivery session. They should not stop feeding before the infant reaches six-months of age. In many cases moms report some babies are unwilling to suck, in such cases expressed breast milk is an option. But one should not give up the natural method. And if milk is extracted, date and time should always be written on the bottle before storing.

The researchers said breast milk contained so-called long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids or LCPUFA’s, which were essential for brain development. So it helps children to solve problems quickly. An intelligent child is always capable of studying faster than others.

Previous studies, however, have suggested that LCPUFA’s alone may not improve cognitive growth.

The team said it was impossible to tell which was more beneficial to the child: the nutrients found in breast milk, the skin-go-skin contact and bonding between a nursing mother and her infant, or perhaps a combination of the two.

Now, it’s official that breastfeeding makes your children more intelligent, sharper and socially stronger. Their brain cells need proper nourishment to flourish.  World’s most affectionate drink can do wonders on your child. Children are meant to be nursed by moms, not by some artificial methods.

Written by: Jayeeta Shamsul

2 Responses to "Breastfeeding Makes Children More Intelligent"

  1. Suzy Hegg   June 26, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Another article by the breastfeeding police. Until a study is done that controls for the mother’s intelligence, these studies show nothing. It’s a self fulfilling prophecy: those who breastfeed are more likely to have a higher IQ, are already more prone to social mobility through their IQ advantage. Ergo more intelligent, socially mobile children. Is it breastfeeding or grammar school education that contributed more to the social mobility of those in the sample?

  2. Elizabeth   June 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

    ABOUT TIME! As a mom who nursed each child for 10-12 months, and as a maternity nurse who is a “true believer” in breastfeeding, I’m very happy to read another research study supporting the positive aspects of breastfeeding.

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