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Does Breastfeeding Contribute to Intelligence?

For the modern mother, breastfeeding her child is an important part of providing for her newborn baby. Breastfeeding has been shown to provide several benefits to infants, such as the reduced risk of infant death, reduction in the occurrence of ear infections, prevention of ear infections in older children, and lower occurrences of childhood illnesses like eczema. While these benefits are generally considered to be well-known, less is known about how breastfeeding can affect a mother’s psychological well-being and emotional outlook. There is now mounting evidence that breastfeeding lowers stress levels and improves the mother-infant relationship. In this article, I will discuss how breastfeeding can benefit mothers and their children in the areas of social support, stress management, and emotional well-being.

Although the physical and mental health benefits of breastfeeding

have been well-established, recent studies illustrate the far-reaching psychological effects on the mother and her young child. Recent studies report that breastfed infants are more comfortable with humans and display greater cognitive ability than breastfed infants who have not been breastfed. Breastfed infants tend to have a higher sense of security and they spend more time sleeping with their mothers, which is believed to reduce the risk of anxiety and depression later in life. They also display a higher understanding of concepts such as conflict and love and have a better understanding of verbal and nonverbal communication. These findings are consistent with the view that the psychological effects of breastfeeding are through its association with security and safety and the establishment of a secure attachment with the mother.

Additional research has explored the effects of breastfeeding

on myelination, which is the process by which the brain develops myelin. Myelination is associated with increased intellectual capacity, better motor coordination, and improved spatial cognition among children. Breastfeeding is effective in reducing the myelination of the brain among prepubescent children. Other psychological benefits of breastfeeding include better sleep patterns and increased sleep duration among children.

Many researchers

are also interested in the effects of breastfeeding on behavior, cognition, and emotional and social well-being. First, breastmilk appears to provide important antibodies that protect the infant against infections that could otherwise be harmful. Second, breastfeeding reduces the occurrence of colic or fussiness among infants. Third, breastfeeding has been found to enhance mother-infant bonding and this may account for the reduction in separation anxiety seen in breastfed infants.

Many researchers also wonder how long does it take

to make breastfeeding desirable for infants. In general, studies have reported that it takes approximately four months of exclusive breastfeeding to make the infant desirous of breastfeeding. Additionally, some research has suggested that exclusive breastfeeding duration can vary between three and six months. Further, some researchers have suggested that infants who begin to prefer breastfeeding at an older age, or who have a history of insufficient breastmilk intake before the initiation of exclusive breastfeeding may be less likely to make breastfeeding a successful endeavor. Another consideration for the infant is the frequency of breastfeeding.

Researchers have looked at IQ gains

when children are breastfed. While most of these studies have been cross-examined and most likely misleading, some research has reported that breastfed infants tend to perform better on IQ tests than formula-fed infants. It is unclear why this is the case, but it is probably because bottle-fed infants do not receive adequate nutritional support or experience the same level of stimulation that would allow them to feel the benefits associated with breastfeeding. Research is ongoing and further studies should clarify the relationship between breastfeeding and IQ gains.

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