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STUDY: Breastfeed to increase child’s social status

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Jun 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-25 23:17:23-04

(CBS)-  A new British study finds breastfeeding may help children climb the social ladder.

Researchers looked at about 35,000 children and found those who were breastfed were consistently more likely to achieve higher social status.

The authors say their findings suggest breastfeeding leads to developmental and behavioral advantages that last into adulthood.

They say it’s too difficult to determine if the nutrients in breast milk are most beneficial or if it’s the bonding during feeding.