Breastfeeding improves cognitive ability for children of poorer mothers – study

Analysis of data on almost 6,000 children found breastfeeding boosted brain development in disadvantaged mothers’ babies

Children of poorer mothers who breastfeed are much better at tasks involving speaking, drawing and comprehension as a direct result, a British study has found.

They do 8% better in tests of their cognitive ability up to the age of seven – if they were breastfed for at least three months – than those who were bottle-fed, according to the research.

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