IQ not linked with breastfeeding

A research has found that children will not become more intelligent of they are breastfed by their mothers.

The most important factors to good intelligence in infants are family environment and stimulation. The scientists of the University of Southampton discarded the myth that breastfeeding makes children smarter and said that these two are the most significant requirements for infants’ intelligence.

A total of 241 infants were followed by researchers from birth up-to the age of four years to analyze the relationship between the increase in infant intelligence and breastfeeding and the use of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) fortified formula.

After taking the influence of mother’s intelligence into consideration, the researchers found that there was absolutely no connection between the estimated total intake of DHA of infancy and a child’s IQ.

Dr. Catharine Gale said, “Children's IQ bears no relation to the levels of DHA they receive as babies. Factors in the home, such as the mother's intelligence and the quality of mental stimulation the children receive, were the most important influences on their IQ.”

The Medical Research Council and the Foods Standards Agency funded the study.