Jun 26, 2013

By Jane Brown

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Women who breastfed their babies are more likely to have adult children who are higher on the social ladder than those who’s babies were fed formula.  In another study which shows “breast is best”, British scientists found breastfed children are more likely to work at a skilled job than a non-skilled manual job when they become adults.  The researchers looked at survey data from 1958 and 1970 and compared two sets of babies, adjusting for differences such as parental education, the health of the mothers during pregnancy, including whether they smoked or drank. Lead author Amanda Sacker says not only did breastfed babies get a step up in social mobility, they also were less likely to move downward.  She concedes it’s hard to know what offered the greatest benefits – the nutrients provided by breastfeeding or the bonding that results.  Sacker suspects it’s both.  The research also found breastfeeding enhanced brain development and reduced stress overall.  It’s published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood

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