Breastfeeding Makes College-Bound Kids?

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Talk about a touchy subject.

For those of you who have infants in the house, you might want to pay attention to this interesting bit of news.  According to a new study published in the Journal of Human Capital and featured in the NYT this morning, breastfeeding is associated with “substantial” increases in grade point average in high school and a higher likelihood of your child getting into college.

What did the researchers do? Reis and Sabia compared children who were breastfed with their own siblings who had not been breast fed.  My comparing children in this way, they did not have to adjust for mother’s education or possible interacting facotrs like socio economic differences between children.

Who did they studfy? They  studied data on 126 children from 59 families which had been collected as collected by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

What were the interesting findings?

  • For each additional month of breastfeeding, there was an average increase of  .019 points in a child’s high school grade point average and a .014 percent increase in probability that the child will attend college.

What is your opinion of breastfeeding?  What do you think of this studies results? Is it every parent’s responsibility to breastfeed in order to breed smarter children? Looking forward to hearing your opinions.

Dr. Robyn Silverman signs

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2 Responses

  1. I have to say I don’t agree with this study. I don’t think breastfeeding has anyhthing to do with whether or not someone goes to college. My mother didn’t breastfeed either myself or my sister and we both went on to receive master’s degrees. I will say that my parent’s support and encouragement to further my education was a huge factor in my decision to go to college. And if I am right…neither support nor encouragement have anything to do with breastfeeding.

  2. I think there is a huge benefit from breastfeeding. Many studies (see Dr. Bruce Perry’s work) on touch, eye contact, the entire nurturing not only nutritionally but physically as well benefits and helps develop the brain of the infant. If you can do it, it certainly won’t hurt!

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