Press Release

Breastfed babies are more intelligent

National Breastfeeding Week 1st – 7th October 2002

Did you know that breastfed babies are more intelligent than artificially fed babies?

“There is a growing body of research evidence showing a positive correlation between breastfeeding and later intelligence,” says Maureen Fallon, National Breastfeeding Coordinator.

This means that compared with artificially fed children, breastfed children crawl earlier, speak earlier and have higher IQs at age 7-8 years, at 18 years and at 27 years.

National Breastfeeding week is celebrated every year during the first week in October. The significance of this week is that it follows 9 completed months of the year. It therefore represents the end of a pregnancy and the beginning of breastfeeding. This progression from birth to breastfeeding should happen normally and naturally, but for the majority of Irish infants this does not occur and they are therefore deprived of the major nutritional, immunological and psychological benefits which breastfeeding confers.

To celebrate National Breastfeeding week the Health Promotion Unit are hosting a National Conference on Breastfeeding on Friday 4th October in Dublin Castle. At the Conference research evidence will be presented which shows that the many health advantages of breastfeeding last throughout childhood and into adulthood.