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Breast-Feeding May Have Benefits Decades Later

Health professionals have long known that breast-feeding has excellent short-term benefits for babies, but new studies are now finding that its health advantages may persist into adulthood.

“The study, in the April issue of Lancet Global Health, began in 1982 with 5,914 newborns. The duration of breast-feeding and the age when the babies began eating solid foods was recorded. Thirty years later, researchers were able to interview and test 3,493 of the original group.

After controlling for maternal education and smoking, family income, birth weight and other factors, they found that at age 30, compared with people breast-fed for a month or less, those breast-fed 12 months or more had higher I.Q. scores, more years of education and higher monthly incomes.” Read more.

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