Breastfeeding Gives Babies a Brain Boost

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In a new twist in the long-running debate on whether breastfeeding boosts childhood intelligence, scientists have found that breast milk increases the levels of certain chemicals in babies brains that are linked to neurodevelopment.

Whether or not breastfeeding leads to improved intelligence, however, is a controversial question, and studies have found mixed results.

This most recent study focused on premature babies with a gestational age of 23 to 32 weeks. Researchers were able to monitor chemical signatures of different biomolecules in the babies' brains. They found that babies who were fed breast milk had biochemicals that are markers of brain development. They hope it is an early marker for improved later intelligence, but still need to confirm this hypothesis. 

Read the full story from Science Focus.

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