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Does Breastfeeding Increase Baby’s IQ?

I disagree with my favorite talk show host, Dennis Prager, about a couple of things: one is the use of tobacco, which he believes is a good thing as long as one smokes cigars and not cigarettes. The other is that he does not believe breast feeding is a superior way to feed infants.

Although it does not point to an accelerated IQ, the following article does cite many health benefits of the breastfed child.

 

Breast milk ‘does not boost IQ’ BBC

Woman feeds her baby

Breastfed babies tend to be brighter

Breastfed babies are smarter because their mothers are clever in the first place, not because of any advantage of breastfeeding itself, a study suggests. Researchers found breastfeeding mothers tended to be more intelligent, more highly educated, and likely to provide a more stimulating home environment.

Read the remainder of the article here.

What say you?

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

12 replies on “Does Breastfeeding Increase Baby’s IQ?”

I enjoyed reading everyone’s comments! I am in agreement with all, but especially with “madhousewife”. It is important that we encourage young mothers to do what they are comfortable with (once they have all of the information). If the mother is stressed about breast feeding, it will not be as beneficial for the baby or the mother. That said, breastmilk does have its benefits. (Doesn’t everything that God created?)

I nursed all 4 of my children, but the length of time varied greatly. The oldest was nursed for about 8 months, but the youngest for only 2 weeks. It got to the point where the pain I was experiencing was causing me to dread feeding time (and the pain was not due to a bad technique.) In that instance, it was almost the opposite of “bonding”. This also gave my husband an opportunity to bond with the kids because he enjoyed feeding time, too, when he could sit and hold the baby with all of his attention focused on her.

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That breastmilk is the ideal food for infants is hard to dispute. But some breastfeeding advocates go overboard and make it seem like formula is akin to poison. It’s just wrong. Formula is perfectly adequate for feeding babies, though it doesn’t have the unique benefits of breastmilk. Bottle-feeding mothers shouldn’t have to feel like they’re doing their children a disservice. On the other hand, I’m certainly 100% in favor of breastfeeding, and I think breastfeeding mothers deserve more support for their choice.

Dennis Prager is my favorite talk-show host, too. πŸ™‚ I don’t care if he smokes cigars, so long as he doesn’t do it in the air I’m breathing. (Not because I’m afraid of second-hand smoke but because I can’t stand the smell of cigars!)

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If breast milk isn’t superior, why do we let cows feed their calves instead of taking them away and feeding them formula instead? And Carol’s right on the colostrum issue. Babies get lots of maternal antibodies which provide temporary protection from diseases until their own immune systems get stronger. Dennis! Keep smoking those cigars, but you’re wrong on this one!

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WHY do you think God – in all his wisdom – gave us breasts? Just to fill out a blouse? I do NOT think so. Like most of his incredible creation, breasts serve a purpose! The most important purpose is to feed our babies.

This research states that breastfeeding mothers tended to be more intelligent, and more highly educated. I interpret that to mean they have researched what is the very best food for their babies and have found it to be —– MAMA!

Intelligence aside, you will find reams of research touting the many benefits of breastfeeding, some of which include a lower obesity rate for children, less allergies, and fewer behavioral problems. And those are just the benefits for the baby!

Some of the benefits for mom include faster post-preganancy weight loss, closer bonding to the baby, and a quicker recovery from childbirth due to the “enforced” rest periods required when you (frequently) sit or lie down to feed your baby. And of course, there are many practical benefits for mom & baby which Helen spoke to.

Just think of it as the original fast food!

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Breastfeedin makes good sense. I breastfed both of my sons for a long time. Troy to age 3 1/2, and Victor to 20 months. I think breastfeeding is superior in every way. It’s cheaper. And not too hot, not too cold, never did I ask, “Where did I leave my breast?” You can learn to discreetly breastfeed almost anywhere, if you plan ahead. Just don’t sit on the front row in church, beacuse pastors get all flustered! πŸ™‚

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