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'Breast feeding unlocks IQ'

Nine out of 10 babies have an intelligence gene which is unlocked by breast feeding, report The Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Daily Express, Guardian and Times.

Nine out of 10 babies have an intelligence gene which is unlocked by breast feeding, report The Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Daily Express, Guardian and Times.

The Source

Researchers at King's College, London looked at over 2,000 British children and found breastfeeding raised intelligence by an average seven IQ points if the children shared the genetic variant, FADS2. This gene comes in two versions, C and G; 90% of children in the study has at least one copy of the C version and had a higher IQ when breastfed, it was reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Expert View

Dr Neville Belton, honorary fellow in Child Life and Health at the University of Edinburgh said: ‘I suspect the advantages quoted in terms of a raised IQ would relate only to the chil-dren breast fed for six months or more and only a very small proportion of mothers in the UK do this.

‘It would be of great interest to see in future if the IQ advantage is maintained as the children get older.'

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