Breast fed babies are more intelligent, have higher IQs

Studies show breast fed babies are more intelligent, have higher IQs

...after birth, especially during the first four months, the baby's need for high levels of DHA continues. Breast milk contains both arachidonic acid and DHA.

Until recently, commercial formulas did not contain either of these essential nutrients, despite the fact this was known decades before. In one human study, it was shown that breast fed babies had IQ levels 8.3 points higher than bottle fed babies. It is important to note that this study was done in preterm infants. Most studies have shown that the greatest effect of supplemental DHA and arachidonic acid occurs in preterm infants and not full term infants. This is because the brain is more immature and therefore growing more rapidly in preterm infants.

In studies that followed children to at least four years of age, it was found that those supplemented with DHA had better problem-solving abilities, alertness, and overall intelligence than bottle-fed babies. The studies that found little or no difference usually stopped at age one year, far too young to assess higher cognitive function. In addition, they compared the DHA-supplemented babies to breast-fed babies, not formula-fed babies.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that can save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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