Pregnancy, Babies, Parenting News & Tips

Babies Who Were Breast Fed Can Top Their Class

By Camille H / Dec 23, 2013 11:38 AM EST

Tags : babies, WHO, breast, fed, top, class

  • Babies Who Were Breast Fed Can Top Their Class
  • (Photo : sdminor81/Flickr) Babies Who Were Breast Fed Can Top Their Class

Babies who are breast fed turn out to be the smartest in their class, a new study finds.

Breastfeeding is known as an effective way of boosting a child's educational performance within their first few months in school. The study claims that these children showed better academic performance by the time they were five years old compared to their classmates who were fed with formula. The researchers involved in the study looked at assessments carried out by teachers at the end of the first year which confirmed that children who were breast fed the longest time reached their highest level of achievement.

Like Us on Facebook

A team led by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford said the study proved that breastfeeding children for a longer period of time could improve their performance at primary school. Breastfeeding was also linked to better achievement in all aspects of their lives but the benefits were much stronger in terms of their communication skills, language proficiency and literacy, knowledge acquisition and understanding of the world and their physical development. The study, published in the journal Maternal and Child Nutrition looked at 5,489 children in England. Parents of these children were interviewed when they were just nine months old.

Results showed that two thirds of children had been breast fed at some age, 32 percent had been breast fed for at least four months and 16 percent were breast fed exclusively for four months. They also found that children who were breast fed for up to two months were nine percent more likely to have reached a good level of overall achievement compared to children who have never been breast fed.

© 2014 ParentHerald.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Featured Video : Dr. Ashley Norris on whether parents should help with homework or let the kids complete it alon

Sleeping positions reflect couples' relationship status: study

Sleeping positions may reflect a couple's relationship status, according to a new U.K. study.

Read More »

Reduce wrinkles with exercise, study suggests

It's hardly news that exercise is great for your health, but it may reverse skin aging in people who start a workout regimen later in life, a surprising new study finds.

Read More »

'Juno' protein key to fertility

The "Juno" protein is a recent breakthrough discovery that may hold the key to fertility treatments, according to researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Read More »

Husband kills wife due to marijuana-induced hallucinations

A man from Denver experiencing marijuana-induced hallucinations shot his wife to death while she was on the phone with police Monday, according to reports.

Read More »

Casual marijuana use linked to brain abnormalities

Casual marijuana use may be linked to brain abnormalities associated with emotion and motivation, according to a new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Read More »

J.K. Rowling sues Daily Mail for libel over 'sob story'

J.K. Rowling is suing the Daily Mail for libel after the website claimed the author wrote a misleading "sob story" in which she said she was taunted by churchgoers for being a single mother.

Read More »

11-year-old who lost ear to a raccoon as a baby to receive one grown on forearm

A raccoon attack mutilated Charlotte Ponce's face - leaving her with no nose or ear - when she was just three months old. Now, at age 11 and several surgeries later, she will receive a new ear.

Read More »

Beyoncé and Jay Z tour rumors circulate

Beyoncé and Jay Z are reportedly launching a 20-date nationwide tour.

Read More »

Conjoined twins finally on their way home

Conjoined twins Owen and Emmett Ezell are finally free to go into rehabilitation - and then home - months after a successful separation at a Dallas hospital.

Read More »

Seven dead babies found in woman's Utah home

Police arrested a woman Sunday after seven dead babies were discovered in her Utah home.

Read More »

Babies cry at night to prevent parents from procreating, study suggests

Babies cry at night to prevent their mom from procreating and giving birth to a sibling, a Harvard University study speculates.

Read More »

Man ordered to wear 'I AM A BULLY!' sign after harassing neighbors

By court order, an Ohio man was forced to wear an "I AM A BULLY!" sign after harassing his neighbors for more than 10 years.

Read More »

Real Time Analytics