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Breastfeeding for Longer Periods Said to Increase IQ

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    Breastfeeding for Longer Periods Said to Increase IQ Babies Nursed for More Than 3 Months Get Benefit By Peggy Peck WebMD Medical News Aug. 30, 2001 -- If
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      Breastfeeding for Longer Periods Said to Increase IQ

      Babies Nursed for More Than 3 Months Get Benefit By Peggy Peck

      WebMD Medical News

      Aug. 30, 2001 -- If milk does a body good, breast milk makes a baby smart.

      That's the conclusion of a study of 345 Scandinavian children and their
      mothers. Babies who were breastfed for more than six months scored higher on
      intelligence tests given at 13 months and again at age 5 than babies breastfed
      for less than three months.

      Breast milk is already credited with the ability to boost a baby's developing
      immune system, protect babies from infections, and reduce the risk for diseases
      like diabetes. Because breast milk is easier on the baby's digestive tract than
      packaged formulas, breastfed babies are also less likely to be colicky.

      Norwegian pediatrician Thorstein Vik, MD, PhD, says that he thinks "essential
      fatty acids and growth factors" contained in human milk may explain the IQ
      advantage he found in his study. Vik is with the department of community
      medicine at Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim,
      Norway.

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