Can Breastfeeding Help Your Child Later in Life?

We all heard it time and time again — breastfeeding offer amazing benefits to both baby and mother. But are there any benefits for your child as he/she gets older and you have stopped nursing? If so, what are they?

Ask did an interesting study on breastfeeding and how the benefits don’t end between six months a year. Actually, there are long term positive effects of breastfeeding.


Here are the Top 5 Ways Nursing Can Help Your Child Later in Life:

1. Leads to a Higher IQ

*A 2013 study in Brazil surveyed nearly 6,000 babies of all backgrounds for over 30 years in order to test the long term benefits of breastfeeding. They discovered that the babies who breastfed for a year or longer had higher IQs as adults, better earnings, and higher education, regardless of how well off their family was. 

2. Lower Risk for Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes, where the pancreas isn't able to produce enough insulin, is the most prevalent type among children. It has been shown that there is a lower insulin release in breastfed infants compared to infants fed formula. This preventive effect is particularly important if you have a family history of diabetes.

3. Nursing Helps Lowers Risk of Asthma and Allergies

It has been reported that breastfed babies show lower rates of developing allergies later in life, as well as lowered chances of asthma, wheezing and dry coughs.


Read more about the "Ways Breastfed Babies Become Healthier Adults" on the Ask Dr. Sears Website.