Breast-fed kids are more upwardly socially mobile

mom_holding_baby_boy_1600_wht_3453Two studies that followed thousands of British children through into adulthood have found that breast-fed children are 1.25 times more likely to move up socially and less likely to move down.

Breastfed children also had higher levels of cognitive development and lower levels of stress.

The studies followed children born in 1958 and 1970 until they reached 33/34 years of age.

Their social class was based on their fathers’ occupations and whether or not they were breastfed was recorded. The results were the same in both studies even though breastfeeding had declined from 68% in the 1958 group to 36% in the 1975 group..

The report was written by academics at University College London and the University of Essex. Despite the findings the experts still don’t know exactly why breastfeeding has these benefits, particularly in the short-term for babies’ health.

Dr Mary Iacovou, one of the researchers, said; “There’s lots of evidence that breastfeeding is good for babies in lots of ways. What we don’t quite know is why. Is it the long-chain fatty acids in the milk? (which could be added to formula milk). Is it enhanced skin-to-skin contact? (bottle-fed babies could be given more skin contact”.

See also: Breast best for boys

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3 thoughts on “Breast-fed kids are more upwardly socially mobile

  1. kindadukish says:

    Is my logic faulty here, but if you dont know why it is good for babies then how do you extrapolate that it is?

    • info4u2bu says:

      Because there is a clear correlation but with several factors which could account for it eg the fatty acids or the skin-to-skin contact (which real eases oxytocin)

  2. […] Other research has shown the impact of grandparents on specific  types of occupations and also the impact of breastfeeding on upward social mobility. […]

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