Children Who Were Breastfed In The Future Much Better In School – Part 2 of 3
Another possibility has to do with the positive effect of breastfeeding on the mother-child relationship. “A number of studies found that boys are more reliant than girls on maternal attention and encouragement for the acquisition of cognitive and idiolect skills. If breastfeeding facilitates mother-child interactions, then we would expect the positive effects of this bond to be greater in males compared with females, as we observed”.
The researchers tried to account for the mothers’ tuition in their assessment. “We took into account mom’s education and family income because we have seen before in other studies that mothers who are better educated tend to breastfeed for longer, and also read and look at books more often with their children. We took these factors into recital in the analysi so as not to skew the results – and babies breastfed for longer still did better in terms of their educational scores at 10 years of age”.
It’s been long understood that breast milk is of great value to infant neurological development. “Nutrients in teat milk that are essential for optimum brain growth, such as long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, may not be in formula milk,” the researchers noted.