May 8, 2017

Dr. Gellner: Breastfeeding a child may give your child a leg up towards the top of the social ladder. Truth or fiction? I'll let you know about this old wives' tale on The Scope. I'm Dr. Cindy Gellner.

Announcer: Remember that one thing that one person told you that one time about what you should or shouldn't do when raising your kids? Find out if it's true or not. This is Debunking Old Wives Tales with Dr. Cindy Gellner on The Scope.

Dr. Gellner: While it's true that breastfeeding has numerous benefits, some researchers think it can actually help your child be more successful as an adult. They say breastfeeding can help brain development, which in turn increases intelligence, which in turn makes the child a more successful adult. The researchers themselves did note that they weren't certain if it was the breast milk itself or the skin-to-skin contact and bonding that helped children move up the social ladder.

There are a lot more studies that show that genetics makes up a huge portion of a person's intelligence, as well as having supportive parents no matter what socioeconomic or breastfeeding status your child has. So while breastfeeding is best, if you can't do it, don't stress. Love and bonding is what your baby needs most.

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