Effects of Breastfeeding on Intelligence Last Through Adult Life

Breastfeeding for prolonged periods is associated with increased intelligence, longer schooling, and higher earnings.

A study has found that prolonged breastfeeding is linked to higher intelligence, longer schooling and greater earnings as an adult. The study suggests that breastfeeding can lead to benefits in adult life such as increased educational attainment and income. The study, published in The Lancet Global Health, followed 3,493 infants born in Pelotas, Brazil.

“The effect of breastfeeding on brain development and child intelligence is well established, but whether these effects persist into adulthood is less clear,” says lead author Dr. Bernardo Lessa Horta of Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil.

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