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Thursday 21 September 2017

Breastfeeding good for social climbing skills

Charlie Cooper

BREASTFEEDING improves a child's chance of climbing the social ladder and becoming a successful adult, according to a long-term study.

The analysis of more than 34,000 people born in the 1950s and 1970s found that those who had been breastfed as a baby were 24pc more likely to be upwardly mobile.

The health benefits of breastfeeding are well known, but the study is among the first to identify tangible benefits later in life.

The authors of the study published in the medical journal 'Archives of Disease in Child-hood', said it provided evidence of long-term advantages, which persist into adulthood.

Breastfeeding enhances brain development, which boosts intellect, in turn increasing upward social mobility, they argued in the study released yesterday. (©Independent News Service)

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