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Breast fed babies smarter: Study

August 13, 2019

The study was conducted by researchers from Oxford University and the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. The study team looked at test scores of pupils who were still being breast fed when they were four weeks old and others put on formula milk. They compared the breast fed children with bottle-fed ones from a very similar background, based on factors such as parents?? income, jobs and whether they were separated. Despite very similar upbringings, those who had been breast fed consistently did better in maths, reading and writing throughout primary and secondary school, the study of more than 10,000 children found. The results come from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, a study into the lives of over 14,000 mothers that gave birth in 1991 and 1992, as well as their children

The NHS currently advises that infants need to be breast fed and not given formula for the first 6 months. The Department of Health recommends that babies are exclusively breast fed until six months, although many pediatricians still say babies should be weaned earlier if they show an interest in solids.