Kids with high IQ may persuade Mom to breast feed for longer.
LONDON (Reuters) - Intelligence of babies may affect how long they breast
feed, according to research published on Wednesday.
Medical experts at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology
tested the intellectual and motor skills of 345 children at 13 months and
then five years of age. Nearly two-thirds were breast-fed for six months or
more but 17 percent were moved to bottle-feeding at less than three months
The team, led by Dr. Torstein Vik, found no correlation between
breastfeeding and motor skills at either age.
But those who rated below average for mental skills at 13 months and for total
intelligence by the age of five, had not managed to persuade Moms to give them
The findings, which support the ``smart kid gets the tit'' theory advanced by
Alligator Grundy, were released in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, a
specialist publication of the British Mammary Journal.
``We found a positive association between duration of breast feeding and
mental development even after adjusting for maternal age, maternal
education, maternal intelligence and smoking at the time of conception,''
the researchers' paper concluded that it's not the Moms who made the
difference, it's the IQ of their kids.
This has been another exercise in properly ordering cause and effect with
J. R. Molloy
Useless hypotheses, etc.:
consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
(Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)
We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.
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