Breastfeeding Increases IQ

MotherbreastfeedingHoly Hormones Journal: How many millions of women have been duped into giving their precious babies infant formula? Common sense – would tell us that Mother Nature – and the beautiful act of bringing and nurturing a baby from our breast is sacred, and ensures immunity and neurological health.

But wait before you jump and down and say I told you so – the picture is not as rosy as it appears.  Breast milk carries as many toxins – as the umbilical cord – which has now been found to carry about 286 toxins, heavy metals, BPA and synthetic hormones into the fetus. Their lifeline has become toxic.

The same with breast milk… how many mothers are put on XANAX, Prozac or other SSRI’s to be better mommies?  How many women are immediately put on synthetic hormones while they are breast feeding?

Alcohol, drugs, other prescription drugs? Processed foods….  all go into breast milk. If a woman is nutrient deficient post-pregnancy and is struggling with postpartum depression – now known as postpartum psychosis – how healthy will her breast milk be?

It would be interesting to know what the guidelines were for inclusion in the study.

Just as our breast milk could nurture our child – it just as easily have a negative  impact on the baby’s health.

IQ linked to mother’s milk, new study shows

The Telegraph

Malcolm Holland
The Daily Telegraph
July 30, 2013 12:00AM

BREASTFEEDING for longer produces smarter children, with language skills and IQ increasing each month, according to a major study.

The Boston Children’s Hospital study is believed to be the first to link identifiable increases in intelligence with each month a baby is breast-fed.

Three-year-olds who had been breast-fed for varying amounts of time were given an internationally recognised test – the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test – which asked them to match words and images.

The study also used the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test to score the IQ of seven-year-olds who had been breast-fed for different periods.

The scores of both age groups in both sets of tests increased along with the months their mothers had breast-fed them. The study found breastfeeding an infant for the first year of life would be expected to increase the child’s IQ by about four points.

“Our results support a … relationship of breastfeeding in infancy, with receptive language at age three and with verbal and non-verbal IQ at school age,” the study’s leader Dr Mandy Belfort said.

“These findings support national and international recommendations to promote exclusive breastfeeding through age six months and continuation of breastfeeding through at least age one year.”

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

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