Breastfeeding boosts baby's IQ, health, new studies show as more moms try it

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  • mattrick78 Cedar City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 11:27 a.m.


    My first child had major allergies and eczema. My other kids didn't. One difference is that we only vaccinated our first child.

  • RosaMaria Laie, HI
    Aug. 4, 2013 12:23 a.m.

    I breast fed my three children until they were 22 months old. The three of them were valedictorians in their High School. They are very independant human beings. However, the three of them had problems with their skin . I brought them to eat healthy foods I don't know why the skin problems, like eczema and also allergies. I bet they are the exception to the rule. I am very happy I breast fed them, it helped me to regains my figure and kept me healthy too.

  • mattrick78 Cedar City, UT
    Aug. 3, 2013 11:12 p.m.

    None of my kids were breastfed. Yet all have been studying at a level at least one grade higher in Math and English. Granted, I had tutored them since they were three to make sure they were up to speed. My philosophy is make sure they are ahead while they are young and their minds are more malleable than try to fix study habits and confidence issues later. I would not dissuade ANYONE from breastfeeding. I believe it has its benefits. But my wife didn't want to do it and that is as they say was that.

  • Iea2013 Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 3:20 p.m.

    I'm not sure I buy it. I agree that it is the best thing for babies' health, for the first 6 months, but the last sentence in the article negates everything else in the study by showing that it is the closeness and interaction that matters. Personal experience goes against the findings as well. My oldest was breastfed only 4 months, and she is by far my best student. My 3rd was breastfed the longest, and he has Autism. I just think they are bending the data to fit their desired outcome. That said, all mothers should nurse as long as they are able, without being made to feel that their children will never amount to anything if they stop.

  • Syd Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    @pacman, I wonder that too. It is difficult to nurse while working full time and until recently women in low income jobs were often not even given the opportunity to pump making nursing nearly impossible. I wonder if socioeconomic status was even taken into consideration.

  • MJB Tooele, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    I'm not totally sold on this fact. Of all my children, the first was breastfed the shortest amount of time because of the newness of having your first child. We always had the time to read to all of our children and that helped them to be more "intelligent" in my opinion. The more intellectual of my children is still my oldest. He was reading before he started to go to school. I think it was us as parents that provided more of the help needed to read and be more proficient in all other subjects in school that just breastfeeding for longer periods of time. The most important reason for breastfeeding is getting a closer relationship as mother and child.

  • Pac_Man Pittsburgh, PA
    Aug. 2, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    How many of the babies who were fed on formula was due to the fact they were on government WIC program because of low income? It seems to me that economics and therefore education seems more of a driving force with an IQ test.

  • Ethel Home Town USA, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    I was in a BYU graduate school (Ph.d)group that studied the benefits of breastfeeding vs bottle feeding in 2001. The outcome of the study was that the advantage of breastfed babies was the intellectual and emotional benefit. The health benefit was slightly better.

    Now, (by observation)if mothers cannot breastfeed and still held their babies to feed them with a bottle, instead of propping it would have the similar benefit of nursing the child. Alternating sides to feed/eat also is another benefit that comes naturally in a breast fed baby. The emotional bonding that occurs in breastfeeding is difficult to duplicate in a bottle fed child other than holding them close to the mother's or father's chest for the baby to feel their heartbeat and the emotional benefit of being held, cuddled.

    We also found the longer a child was breastfed the better they were at mathematics later in life. The "patterning" that takes place of alternating to be fed is the stimulus for the child's brain/intellectual development.

    If a child could be breastfeed even for a few months they would have the immunities needed for better future health.

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    Aug. 2, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    Hey mom, we could have been a lot smarter. Thanks a lot!

  • Larceny Rural Hall, USA, NC
    Aug. 2, 2013 6:07 a.m.

    Wow, hope my wife is up for this!

  • Neanderthal Pheonix, AZ
    Aug. 1, 2013 8:34 p.m.

    That explains why I'm so darn smart. Thanks, Mom.