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Study: Breastfed Babies Not Necessarily Smarter

Posted By Communications Manager, Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Updated: Monday, April 3, 2017

While no one can deny the health benefits of breastfeeding, not every mother can or wants to feed their child milk they’ve produced. The debate has long divided baby boards and moms into two groups: those who breastfeed and those who don’t.

Often mothers who have chosen not to or who are unable to breastfeed have been pummeled with facts, including that studies have shown breastfed babies are smarter. Well, that may not be true.

A new study published in Pediatrics found that children who are breastfed for at least six months are less hyperactive at age 3, but they receive a minimal cognitive boost over formula fed infants.

The study, which looked at 8,000 Irish children, measured cognitive abilities through standardized tests at ages 3 and 5 and found that breastfed kids did not score high enough to show a statistical significant difference between the two.

The study was completed at University College Dublin, and while cognitive ability is dependent on other factors, this new data only furthers the debate between breastfeeding and formula feeding. Read more about the findings here.

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