BreastfeedingBreast milk increases babies' IQ

Breast milk increases babies’ IQ

According to a recent study, breastfeeding helps to increase the IQ of babies, increasing the development of their cognitive abilities.

There is nothing better for a newborn than breast milk. It becomes, in fact, the food par excellence for both newborns and babies, mainly because it contains everything that the little one needs during the first 6 months of life, favoring their development, growth, maturation and above all your health.

Obviously stands out for being an ecological food, completely natural, full of essential nutrients and rich in nutritional compounds essential for the development and health of the newborn.

In the particular case of breastfeeding, the truth is that the benefits are not only very important for the baby, but also for the mother. While it provides the baby with all the nutrients it needs during its first months of life (protecting it in addition to diseases such as colds or bronchiolitis by containing compounds that strengthen its immune system), it helps the mother to accelerate recovery after childbirth, being easier to lose the weight gained during pregnancy and also tends to prevent the onset of hypertension, postpartum depression and anemia.

A recent study has found that those children who were exclusively breastfed for the first few months of life (especially the first three months) scored nearly six points higher on intelligence tests at the age of six. Than those who were not breastfed.

“Feeding children exclusively on breast milk for a long period of time makes them smarter,” although it is not yet clear why. This type of breastfeeding increases the development of cognitive abilities.

Although, it is believed, this could be due either to the contact between the mother and the baby, or because of something that -in itself- is found in the milk.

The benefits of breast milk

In addition to knowing that breast milk helps in the development of the newborn’s cognitive abilities, especially when breastfeeding is maintained for at least the first 6 months of life, the truth is that they are not the only qualities it provides.

We can also observe other properties and virtues that we only find in such a wonderful and unique food as breast milk. They are as follows:

  • Nutritionally superior to any other alternative.
  • Bacteriologically safe.
  • It is always fresh.
  • It reduces the risk of allergy than any other food.
  • Reduces morbidity from respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary infections and otitis.
  • Boost immunity.
  • Reduces the risk of allergic diseases (eczema and asthma).
  • Reduces the risk of mortality from Necrotizing Enterocolitis and Sudden Death.
  • Adequate development of the jaw and the other structures of the mouth is favored.

The importance of exclusive breastfeeding

Breastfeeding should be the exclusive food of babies until at least 6 months of age. This is what the World Health Organization (WHO) itself thinks and defends, since it ultimately becomes the ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants.

This has been revealed by a wide variety of scientific studies, which, at the population level, have found that exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal form of feeding for babies.

Then, from the sixth month of life, you can start receiving complementary foods, but  without abandoning breastfeeding until 2 years or more. This is advised not only by WHO itself, but also by UNICEF.

For example, in addition, it is recommended that breastfeeding begins immediately in the first hour of life, that only the infant receives breast milk, that it be done on demand (that is, as often as the child wants), and also that do not use bottles, nipples or pacifiers, to avoid what is known as  nipple confusion syndrome.

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