By: Kylie McConville for TheBump.com
Shutterstock / The BumpThe latest study performed by sociologists at Brigham Young University found a major clue that tells the story about why breastfed babies are so smart: Their moms! (Duh.)
Led by Ben Gibbs, researchers are Brigham Young found that there are two major parenting skills that help give babies the notable cognitive boost: The fact that moms respond to their children's emotional cues and read to their children earlier, starting at nine months old. Which means that nursing mothers are more responsive to their babies, picking up on a newborn's cues better (both emotional and physical) and encouraging them from an earlier age (in this case, by reading to them).
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Published in The Journal of Pediatrics, Gibbs and his colleagues analyzed a national data set that followed 7,5000 mothers and their babies from birth to five years old. The data included information on their homeRead More »from Does Breastfeeding Make Moms Smarter?