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Want a Brighter Baby? Feed on Demand, Not on a Schedule

21 Feb
Want a Brighter Baby? Feed on Demand, Not on a Schedule

Health & Family

So much of the battle over infant feeding plays out over breast versus bottle that there’s precious little time left to focus on another area marked by its own share of controversy: do you feed baby on demand or on schedule?

It may depend on whose needs are being prioritized — baby’s or mom’s. New research in the European Journal of Public Health finds that infants fed whenever they seem hungry wind up as better students who score higher on tests, including ones that measure IQ. Meanwhile, mothers who feed their babies on a schedule indicate they feel better and more confident about themselves than moms who feed on demand.

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Researchers at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex and Oxford University assessed 10,419 children born in the early 1990s to compare…

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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in General News

 

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