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Breastfeeding Linked to Intelligence
July 29, 2002

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Infants breastfed for seven to nine months grew up to be significantly smarter than those who were breastfed for shorter periods. This is a finding from a study conducted by Danish researchers reported in the July 2002 Work & Family Newsbrief (www.workfamily.com). Intelligence scores rose gradually for the 3,253 Danes in the study, the longer they had been breastfed as babies, with the average increase about six points. A member of the Danish research team, June Reinisch, suspects these results are due to a component in mother's milk that either protects the central nervous system or stimulates its development.

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