Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Breastfeeding has a long list of health benefits for babies and according to a new study, it may benefit intelligence.
The research published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that breastfeeding could possibly lead to a higher IQ.
Harvard researchers asked more than 1,300 new moms in Massachusetts about their breastfeeding habits.
Years later, they administered intelligence tests to their children - first at 3-years-old, and then when the children were 7.
Those children who had been breastfed for longer had better language comprehension at age 3, and better verbal and non-verbal IQ at age 7.
In fact, the researchers suggest that moms who breastfeed for a year boost their kids' IQ by four points.
Researchers say that it’s important for moms to understand that breastfeeding is only one piece of the IQ puzzle.
If you're a new mom who has trouble breastfeeding, just remember there are many other ways to raise a smart and healthy child.