Does breastfeeding make your baby more intelligent? | MOMSANDCHILD


    The mother’s milk is the healthiest food for a baby, as breastmilk is not only nutritious but it also contains a variety of factors with medicinal and therapeutic properties, which have essential roles in maintaining a child growth, health, and intelligence.
Still, commercial companies are not giving up and still trying to manufacture formula that is similar to breastmilk in its nutritional qualities.

Importance of breastmilk

  • It is easy for digestion and does not cause constipation or diarrhea to the baby.
  • It protects the baby from diseases, like cancer and diabetes.
  • It provides the baby with nutritional minerals that are important for brain growth, especially in the first months of his life.

Benefits of Breastmilk

    Breastmilk is an important source of energy and nutrients for children especially, between the first and 24th months of his life.
According to researches, it contains:


     Breastmilk contains a large amount of lactose that helps in absorption of calcium from the milk, so the child's body can benefit from it.
Lactose has other benefits for the body, such as increasing the absorption of phosphorous and magnesium.


     This depends on the mother’s diet or her intake of vitamins. 
Fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, and K, are all essential to the infant’s health, In addition to that Water-soluble vitamins are also important for the baby’s health, such as vitamin C, Riboflavin, Niacin, and Pantothenic acid.


Breastmilk contains two types of proteins: 

60% of whey and 40% of casein, a balance that helps in facilitating digestion.


   This protein prevents the growth of harmful bacteria found in the digestive system.


    Protect the infant from viruses and bacteria, which include antibodies: IgG and IgM.


   Breastmilk contains essential fats that have a role in brain-growth and in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (that are an essential source of calories).

For the immune:

    Mother's milk contains a high rate of antibodies such as: (IgA), which helps the child to resist all types of infections viral and bacterial especially colostrum milk (The first type of breast milk a mother produces just after giving birth), which contains large amounts of the immune complexes.

For the baby’s Intelligence:

According to a study in "Lancet" magazine that is specialized in health affairs, children that were breastfed have higher IQ levels than those who relied on formula.
In addition to that, Dr. "Bernardo Lisa Horta" the one who led this study from the Brazilian University of Pelotas confirmed that the effects of breastfeeding on the growth of the brain and on children's intelligence is so considerable, as breastfeeding can increase the intelligence of a person until 30 years old.
Moreover, the accumulated fat in the thighs and buttocks area is important to form the baby’s brain, and cells in this region directly contribute to the development of the baby's brain during the lactation period.

Breastfeeding problems

 Many problems occur during breastfeeding and they can affect the mother and the baby

Effect on the mother:

Nipple sensitivity: Because nipples are more sensitive in the first time of breastfeeding.
Ulceration of the nipples: Because of a wounds that occur.
Blockage of milk ducts: when there is a small amount of milk congested, it leads to a blockage in the milk ducts, which must be treated immediately so that the condition does not develop into breast inflammation (Mastitis).
Mastitis: it often appears after birth, and during the first months of breastfeeding, it can happen after that as well, in this case, the mother is advised to continue breastfeeding to relieve breast congestion.

Effects on the baby:

Drinking too much milk may cause some side effects, such as:
Constipation: This problem occurs among children who drink more than 470-710 milliliters of milk per day.
Iron deficiency: The risk of anemia due to iron deficiency increases among children who drink a lot of milk, as milk does not contain iron, and when consuming milk in abundance, children cannot eat other foods rich in iron.
Obesity: When the baby drinks a large quantity of milk he may produce extra calories than what he really needs, this can lead to obesity.