From: pautrey on
Breastfeeding Improves IQ

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows
that breastfed infants tested 5.2 IQ points higher than formula fed
infants, for a comprehensive study involving 11 different studies and
over 7000 children.

The study, to be published in the October edition of the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition was performed by University of Kentucky
nutritionist James Anderson.

"Our study confirms that breast-feeding is accompanied by about a five-
points higher IQ than in bottle-fed infants," Anderson said.

Within that increase, Anderson and associates were able to separate
the benefits from mother-infant bonding from the purely nutritional
benefits of human milk.

"Our best estimates are that maternal bonding and the decision to
breast-feed account for about 40 percent of that increase, but that 60
percent -- 3.2 points -- are related to the actual nutritional value
of the breast milk," he said.

The link between breast-feeding and brain development has been well
established in recent years, but the reasons for it remain
controversial. Some researchers believe the link is based on the fact
that well-educated, wealthier women breast-feed far more than poor and
less educated women. Consequently, breast-fed children will be found
to test better for all the reasons that wealthier children from high
social classes test better on standardized tests. But others believe
there are chemicals in breast milk that encourage brain development,
and that those chemicals are now absent in formula. In particular,
extensive research is under way into the effects of several Omega-3
fatty acids -docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (AA) -
that are prevalent in breast milk but absent in infant formula.

Therefore Anderson's group weighed and subtracted 15 factors from
their study, such as maternal smoking and education, birth weight,
birth order and family income. After all these factors were removed,
the researchers still found that breast-fed babies tested 3.1 IQ
points higher than formula-fed babies!

The Abstract for the study noted above can be found at the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Abstract only, the full text requires
subscribing)


http://www.breastfeeding.com/reading_room/iq_study.html
From: trigonometry1972 on
On May 29, 6:58 am, pautrey <rpautr...(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Breastfeeding Improves IQ
>
> A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows
> that breastfed infants tested 5.2 IQ points higher than formula fed
> infants, for a comprehensive study involving 11 different studies and
> over 7000 children.
>
> The study,  to be published in the October edition of the American
> Journal of Clinical Nutrition was performed by University of Kentucky
> nutritionist James Anderson.
>
> "Our study confirms that breast-feeding is accompanied by about a five-
> points higher IQ than in bottle-fed infants," Anderson said.
>
> Within that increase, Anderson and associates were able to separate
> the benefits from mother-infant bonding from the purely nutritional
> benefits of human milk.
>
> "Our best estimates are that maternal bonding and the decision to
> breast-feed account for about 40 percent of that increase, but that 60
> percent -- 3.2 points -- are related to the actual nutritional value
> of the breast milk," he said.
>
> The link between breast-feeding and brain development has been well
> established in recent years, but the reasons for it remain
> controversial.  Some researchers believe the link is based on the fact
> that well-educated, wealthier women breast-feed far more than poor and
> less educated women.  Consequently, breast-fed children will be found
> to test better for all the reasons that wealthier children from high
> social classes test better on standardized tests.  But others believe
> there are chemicals in breast milk that encourage brain development,
> and that those chemicals are now absent in formula.  In particular,
> extensive research is under way into the effects of several Omega-3
> fatty acids -docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (AA) -
> that are prevalent in breast milk but absent in infant formula.
>
> Therefore Anderson's group weighed and subtracted 15 factors from
> their study, such as maternal smoking and education, birth weight,
> birth order and family income.   After all these factors were removed,
> the researchers still found that breast-fed babies tested 3.1 IQ
> points higher than formula-fed babies!
>
> The Abstract for the study noted above can be found at the American
> Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Abstract only, the full text requires
> subscribing)
>
> http://www.breastfeeding.com/reading_room/iq_study.html

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