It’s not breaking news that breastfeeding increases intelligence, as it is the perfect food for our perfect babes. The debate often revolves around how much breastfeeding is best. Western mothers who breastfeed into the toddler and preschool years (and sometimes kindergarten) are often viewed by the media as freaks or “ extreme “, when throughout the world (and human history) this is the norm. Now there’s evidence long term breastfeeding promotes brain growth.
How long is long term? Researchers studied 128 mammal species, not just humans, and the magic number for homo sapiens is nine months in utero and three years of breastfeeding. I like how the scientists dub pregnancy and breastfeeding as time and energy that mothers “invest” in their children.
Science Daily reports:
A bigger brain doesn’t necessarily equate to higher intelligence, but if our children are going to reach their full potential, they need the motherly investment to make it happen. I honestly wish I would have read this research before weaning my kids at two and half years of age. I would have stuck it out another six months. Science Daily continues: