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Breastfeeding research great news?

November 6, 2007

A really relevant news story for our customers: new research is out today which suggests that breastfeeding improves a child’s intelligence.

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study showed that children with one version of the FADS2 gene scored seven points higher in IQ tests if they were breastfed, compared to children with a different version of the gene. However, since it also suggests that 9/10 children have the version of the gene which is affected, it would make sense to try and breastfeed your child.

We obviously welcome the findings, but I know that breastfeeding isn’t for everyone – with all the good will in the world, sometimes it simply doesn’t happen. Both my sisters had a terrible time trying to breastfeed, my friends struggled with guilt when they had to go back to work, and personally, having been bottle fed and having come out ok (just about), I can definitely see both sides of the argument.

Definitely one for debate – let us know your thoughts!

Read the full story here

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