• Study: Feeding Baby on Demand may Boost IQ

    Feeding your baby on demand than on a schedule could help him perform better academically.
  • breastfeeding momStudies in the past have shown the benefits of breastfeeding; such as how it helps increase his growth spurts as a baby.

    In fact, a study also showed just how breastfeeding helps increase a child’s IQ after 10 years. Milk’s bioactive elements and essential fatty acids help develop a child’s brain and the central nervous system. 

    But what about the manner by which moms feed and how frequent they feed their baby, whether using breast milk or formula?

    A study published in the European Journal of Public Health reveals that feeding baby on demand rather than on a schedule helps him perform better academically. The researchers from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex and at the University of Oxford studied the results of IQ tests and SAT tests of around 10,000 children between five and 14 years old. The IQ scores of eight-year-old children who were fed on demand as babies were significantly higher than those who were fed on a schedule. 

    Feeding on demand also had high association with better IQ scores at age five, seven, 11 and 14, the study notes. 

    Despite the findings, more research is still needed before claiming causality between feeding on demand and IQ, says Maria Iacovou. “We cannot definitively say why these differences occur, although we do have a range of hypotheses. This is the first study to explore this area and more research is needed to understand the processes involved,” she stresses.

    You might also want to read:

    Feeding Baby on Demand won’t Make him Obese 

    Growth Spurts and the Breastfeeding Mom 

    Breastfeeding Boosts Academic Performance of Infants 10 Years Later 

     

    Sources:

    March 19, 2012. “Feeding babies on demand may increase their IQ, study says” foxnews.com 

    March 20, 2012. Bonnie Rochman. “Want a Brighter Baby? Feed on Demand, Not on a Schedule” healthland.time.com 

    March 20, 2012. “Feeding Your Baby On Demand ‘May Contribute to Higher IQ” sciencedaily.com 

    Photo by MuddyBootsPhoto via flickr creative commons 

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