Study Reveals Social Benefits for Breastfed Babies


iStock_000017420547XSmallWhen I decided to breastfeed both of my girls, I knew there were great benefits to it. Although the benefits were great, I did it as more of a convenience to me and the ease and comfort I had while doing it. It was a great time for us to bond and both girls latched on really well which made breastfeeding very easy. I was lucky and am very grateful for it. But while I am thankful for the ease of our journey, I am also very appreciative of all of the benefits that are continuously being discovered of babies who are breastfed.

If you breastfed your baby, chances are they are going to be more successful at climbing the social ladder when they are older. According to a new study published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, breastfed babies are 24 percent more likely to move socially upward and only 20 percent likely to slide socially downward.

The researchers studied 34,000 people in the U.K., born in 1958 or 1970, and compared their social class when they were adults (age 33 or 34) to the social class of their fathers when they were children (age 10 or 11.) The social hierarchy was based on a four-point scale ranging from unskilled to semi-skilled to professional to managerial. The breastfed children were deemed to have climbed the social ladder if they had a job that was higher social status than that of their fathers.

The study also found that this children also had less emotional stress, which could have contributed to their success later in life. These developments in the children could be because of a chain of fatty acids that are present in breast milk and have said to be important in brain development.

“Perhaps the combination of physical contact and the most appropriate nutrients required for growth and brain development is implicated in the better neurocognitive and adult outcomes of breast-fed infants,” the researchers said in the study. They also mentioned that it isn’t clear whether it was the breastfeeding or the skin-to-skin contact was more beneficial for the child and that more research needed to be done to get a better understanding.

What do you think about the findings of this study?

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