Breastfed Babies Are More Likely to Reach College, Study Finds

June 15, 2009

Babies who are breastfed are more likely to enroll in college later, a new study has found. The research -- discussed in an article by Reuters -- was based on 126 children from 59 families -- and compared siblings who were breastfed as infants to siblings who were fed from bottles. The study found that breastfed infants earned better grades in high school and then went on to college at higher rates. By focusing on siblings, the researchers hoped to isolate the role of breastfeeding, assuming that the siblings were raised in similar socioeconomic circumstances. The lead researchers were Joseph Sabia of American University and Daniel Rees of the University of Colorado at Denver and their findings are published in the Journal of Human Capital,

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