Breastfeeding improves baby social ladder
The researchers analyzed nearly 34,000 people in the UK, born in 1958 or in 1970 and compared their social class at 33 or 34 years old with their parents. Among the study participants, those who had been raised with breastfeeding were more likely, as adults, have moved up the social ladder, or what is the same thing had a job with greater social recognition than their parents.
The study found that breastfeeding not only increases the likelihood of upward mobility by 24 percent, but also reduces the risk of decline in the social scale by 20 percent.
The research results suggest that breastfed babies have better neurological development, giving them better cognitive abilities, which in turn help them to rise socially.
In that same study found that breastfed children also had fewer symptoms of emotional stress, which could have contributed to his success in life.
There is evidence that some components of breast milk, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids, long chain are essential for neurological development of the child. Researchers also suspect that there may be other nutrients in breast milk that improve child development.
Previous studies have suggested that some nutrients in breast milk improves cognitive development. In addition, direct contact during breastfeeding between mother and baby were associated with higher mother-child bonding, which results in reduced stress.
The study also found that the number of breast-fed infants was lower in 1970 than in 1958. More than two thirds of children born in 1958 took chest, while in 1970 they were only third.
The results of this study suggest that the social benefits of breastfeeding can be for life. These benefits may be even greater for the most vulnerable children, those born prematurely or with low birth weight.
Study results were published last June 24 in the journal Archives of disease in Childhood with the title: Breast feeding and intergenerational social mobility: what are the mechanisms?