Breastfeeding improves a child’s social mobility and her chances of becoming successful later in life, according to a new study.
The long-term study tracked more than 34,000 people born in the 1950s and 1970s. It found that those who had been breastfed as babies were 24% more likely to be upwardly mobile, with 20% less likely to drop a rung or two on the social ladder.
The study, published this week in the Archives of Disease in Childhood and reported in The Independent, is thought to be the first to track the benefits of breastfeeding later in life.
The authors of the study claim that their findings are evidence of long-term health, developmental and behavioural advantages to breastfed children.
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