Prior studies over the past 20 years have confirmed that breast fed infants were healthier and developed fewer infections than bottle fed infants.
Now for the first time a study published in The Lancet, concluded that breast fed babies developed higher I.Q.'s at age 30, and also "had an important effect on societal level by increasing educational attainment and income in adulthood."
A theoretical flaw in the study could be that people in higher socioeconomic status are more likely to breast feed. This was compensated for in the study by involving subjects at all socioeconomic levels.
This gives us all the more reason to try as hard as possible to nurse our next baby. Please note, however, that although breast milk remains the gold standard, infant formula is constantly improving, and is becoming closer and closer to breast milk. Infant formula remains a healthy alternative in those cases where nursing is not possible or not a viable option.
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