The Gift only a Mother can give. Higher IQ?
New research in the European Journal of Pediatrics has found that breast feeding children increases IQ. In the study, conducted by Wieslay Jedrychowski and colleges, 468 babies born to non-smoking mothers were tested five times at regular intervals through preschool age. The study found that children breast fed scored significantly higher than their bottle fed counter parts. The increase in IQ was also proportionate to the length of time the children were breast fed. There was an increase of 2.1 points for three months, 2.6 points for four to six months, and 3.8 points for longer than six months.
The question to answer now is why? Researchers believe that there is nothing in the breast milk itself that causes the increase in IQ, but instead it is the interaction with the mother. When breast feeding the child participates in more than just nourishment, they are also participating in a dynamic, bidirectional, biological dialogue, says Tonse Raju, a pediatrician and noenatalogist at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in the current issue of Breastfeeding Medicine.
There is more research being done on this subject that takes into account the changes in brain white matter as children develop. There are also questions as to how much of a role parental verbal affection plays in normal development.
Carrie Dykes M.A. Psychology, School Counselling Writer/Commentator
Carrie has obtained a M.A. in School Counseling with a minor in religion/philosophy from Washington State University. She plans to continue her education in the years to come