Study suggests breastfeeding makes children smarter

(WXYZ) - A new study from Boston Children's Hospital suggests children who are breastfed score better on language and intelligence tests.

Researchers followed more than 1,300 women and their babies for several years.

At age three, children were given a language test.

Researchers found children who were breastfed for six months as babies scored an average of three points higher than kids who were never breastfed.

At age seven, children were given an IQ test.

Children who had been breastfed for the first year of their life scored four points higher than children who were never breastfed.

Researchers also found for every extra month a child was breastfed as a baby, they scored a third of a point higher on IQ tests.

The study found the results were the same even when researchers ruled out other factors such as a mother's IQ, family income and education.

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