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Are Breast Fed Babies Smarter? Breastfeeding Advantages Are HUGE for Mom and Baby

C. E. Clark believes it is her duty and responsibility as a researcher and writer to bring important information to her readers.


Babies That Are Breastfed Have Higher IQs Than Babies That Are Not Breastfed

Women with higher IQ’s more often choose to breastfeed than women with average or lower IQ’s. Of course parents frequently pass their intelligence genes on to their offspring, and so it should be no surprise that women who choose to breastfeed because of its many advantages have passed their high IQ’s on to their offspring through genetics.

That is currently the most accepted reason by researchers for why breastfed babies score higher on IQ tests than babies that are not, or were not breastfed.

It is not an issue of being smarter as a result of being breastfed, but rather that the breastfed babies have more intelligent mothers (mother’s with higher IQ’s) who breast feed them because they feel it is more beneficial to their babies and to themselves than bottle feeding. Offspring inherits a higher IQ from a mother with a high IQ. While not part of the study, this author supposes women with higher IQs also tend to choose men with higher IQs to father their children. With 2 parents with a high IQ it is even more likely offspring will also have high intelligence.

Please keep in mind that this article is not about my opinion, but about reporting on the findings of various studies.

Babies with one or more parents with high IQ’s tend to have high IQ’s themselves. So while there is a correlation between breastfeeding and high baby IQ’s, the breastfeeding is not at this time considered to be the cause of the higher IQ.

Colostrum Is Packed With Nutrients and More

Colostrum is the first milk produced after baby is born. It is a thick, sticky, yellowish color and it is packed with nutrients and antibodies, low in fat and high in protein and carbohydrates. There is not usually very much of it and it is especially healthful for your new baby.

Studies Show Breast Feeding Reduces the Likelihood That Mom or Baby Will Develop Life Threatening Diseases – and Other Disorders

Women who breastfeed their babies are also less likely to develop breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen website states that they combined 47 different studies on the issue of breast cancer amongst women who breastfed their babies and women who did not.

The results of combining and evaluating these studies were described as “solid.” In other words, the results of the combined studies were very convincing and compelling in accuracy in regard to breastfeeding making a major contribution to the prevention of many diseases for both mother and baby.

Women who breastfeed are not only less likely to develop breast and/or ovarian cancers, but are also less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes, or postpartum depression.

Babies who are breastfed are less likely to develop SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), asthma and respiratory infections, middle ear infections, and Type 2 diabetes. It is believed that breastfeeding may even reduce the likelihood of a baby developing Type 1 Diabetes, (Susan G. Komen).

Science Daily reports that women who breastfeed their babies reduce their chance of developing breast cancer by 59% even when they have a family history of breast cancer! That is a huge reduction in risk. Alison Stuebe, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, [is the] lead author of [this] study, which is published in the Aug. 10 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Also in the process of combining and evaluating the results of all these studies, the Susan G. Komen site says that the longer a woman breastfeeds her baby the more she reduces the likelihood of her or her baby developing the diseases listed above.

Additionally, the evaluation of the combined studies showed that the longer a woman breastfed, even if her total time breastfeeding included more than one baby, she reduced her chances even more, of developing certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes. So if a woman has more than one baby and breastfeeds all of them, she reduces her own chances of developing the listed diseases even more than if she only breastfeeds one of her babies.

Breast Feeding Has So Many Benefits For Moms and Babies

New babies generally require that a whole new household routine be set up to accommodate them and it can be a little stressful for everyone in the family until the new routine becomes the new normal. Breastfeeding can relieve a lot of the stress of bringing your new baby home and of having a new family member (often very demanding and bossy) in the household.

With breastfeeding there is no messing with bottles and sterilization, and there is no worrying if the milk is the right temperature, or if it might have hot spots in it from warming it in the microwave.

With breastfeeding there is no need to carry a bag full of everything under the sun except the kitchen sink if you go out of the house, and that makes traveling anywhere so much easier. You have Baby’s food with you at all times, it is always ready, and exactly the right temperature.

So in addition to helping to protect your baby and yourself from life threatening and chronic diseases, breastfeeding is convenient -- and it gets better!

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Yes, I do speak from experience in these things. I breastfed my baby for 8 months and I am so glad I did. Life was so much more peaceful and calm than it would have been.

Mine was a baby who cried almost continually for the first few weeks. Not having to deal with all the paraphernalia for sterilizing bottles, and not having to make my baby wait for the bottle to get warmed up, and not having to drag all that formula and ‘stuff’ with me every time I went out of the house was such a help.

Menstruation During Breastfeeding

Periods will usually not resume until one begins to wean one’s baby and breastfeeding becomes less frequent. Be aware that not having periods as a result of breastfeeding does not mean a woman cannot become pregnant. Pregnancy can and does happen even without periods (while a woman is breastfeeding), so be sure to use birth control with your doctor’s guidance as usual, unless you want to become pregnant again.

Also be aware that while most women do experience cessation of periods while breastfeeding, there are a few who do not.

No Poopy Diapers and No Periods

With breastfeeding, before solids and other foods are added, Baby usually has no bowel movements. and Mom usually has no periods. Removing those events from one’s life is worth breastfeeding one’s baby even without all of the other advantages.

This was my experience while breastfeeding and it made life so much easier given that I already had to deal with a baby who would not stop crying – except when breastfeeding. When she was breastfeeding she was content.

Not having to deal with periods or poopy diapers for the first 2 months after bringing my baby home was so nice! Poopy diapers started when solids were introduced to my baby’s diet (at about 2 months old) – but still no periods! J

Breastfeeding your baby will help protect him or her from a lot of sickness. Not only will your baby benefit from the antibodies in your body, which will be passed on to your baby through your breast milk, but also, there is no chance your baby will get germs from bottles and tainted foods.

La Leche League

During my pregnancy I read a book written by the staff members of La Leche League. It was titled, “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding,” and it explained all about breastfeeding.

The book answered many of the questions I had about breastfeeding, and it was a great help to me. It even pointed out things I needed to know but never would have thought of, not having had any previous experience with breastfeeding.

There are La Leche League groups in many countries all over the world, and in most cities of any size here in the U.S. These groups are made up of mothers who have breastfed their babies and can be helpful in answering any questions a new mother or first time breastfeeding mother might have.