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October 3, 2006
Breastfeeding and Baby's Intelligence
Some previous studies have suggested that breastfed babies grow up to be smarter than their non-breastfed peers. A new study says there is no evidence that this is true.
The researchers ... identified 332 sibling pairs in which one child was breastfed and the other was not. No significant difference in intelligence was found among the breastfed and nonbreastfed siblings.
Researchers are quick to clarify that they believe breastfeeding is overall better for the baby than not doing so. Thought it has no impact on intelligence, it is beneficial to the baby for many other reasons.
Breastfeeding has been shown to lower an infant's risk of infections and even sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and it is believed to help protect against allergies, diabetes, and obesity later in life.