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- Breastfeeding may boost your baby’s I.Q.
Research supports a connection between breastfeeding and cognitive development. In other words, what you put into your baby’s body can impact how smart they are later in life. Sure, IQ might not seem to matter right now when your baby can barely lift his head up, but research from Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University shows that babies whose mothers breastfed them for at least six months showed a higher vocabulary at age 3 and higher IQ at age 7.