This one's dedicated to Dennis Prager:
For years researchers said that breastfeeding increased babies IQs (I had heard as much as 10 pts. per year of breastfeeding), but a new study shows that may not be the case. Apparently past studies didn't take the mother's IQ into account.
I am assuming the scientists that did the study seem concerned this will discourage would-be breast feeders by this statement:
"They add that the latest findings should not be interpreted as meaning that new moms now have less reason to breastfeed.
“Even if it does not enhance intelligence, breastfeeding remains an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants,” they write.
Breastfeeding has been shown to lower an infant’s risk of infections and even sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and it is believed to help protect against allergies, diabetes, and obesity later in life.
“We would never suggest that any woman should choose not to breastfeed on the basis of our findings,” Der says. “Clearly, there are many good reasons to breastfeed.” (source)
I don't know why this would dissuade anyone --clearly breastfed babies are smarter or there wouldn't have been so many studies done trying to discover why. Who cares if it isn't the breast milk itself...it still means that smarter women breastfeed. So there Dennis.