Breastfeeding has become more popular in recent years, as young mothers are educated on the health benefits to both baby and mom. Another benefit may be increasing your child’s IQ. A research paper published in JAMA earlier this year followed 1,300 mothers and babies over the course of 7 years. Breastfeeding a child until the age of one year was associated with an average increase of 4 IQ points!
If you are pregnant or with a newborn, you now have extra motivation to breastfeed. It’s not always easy, and can often hurt at first. But the long-term benefits are worth it. Lactation experts from non-profit organizations such as La Leche (Literally, “The Milk”) will be happy to instruct and help you.
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