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Babies who are breastfed for at least a year may be smarter and richer as adults, according to research by scientists at the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil. They analyzed data from nearly 3,500 infants in Brazil who were followed for 30 years. The study found the longer a baby breastfed, up to a year, the greater the benefit later in life. Infants who breastfed for at least a year had, on average, a four-point higher IQ, a year more of schooling and a higher monthly income (by about 105 dollars) at age 30, compared with those who were breastfed for less than a month (The Lancet Global Health, April).

Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea. Please Google “101 Reasons to Breastfeed Your Baby” for a complete list of benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child.

Susie Bean Team