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Breastfeeding May Affect Social Mobility
Breastfeeding May Affect Social Mobility (Jun 24, 2013 - Insidermedicine) From London – According to research published in the BMJ, breastfeeding may reduce risk of downward social mobility. Researchers studied two groups of people—over 17,000 who were born in 1958, and nearly 17,000 who were born in 1970. When the children reached 5 years of age, their parents were asked whether or not the children were breastfed. Researchers then compared the children’s social class (based on the class of their father when they were 10) to their social class at the age of 33 or 34. After accounting for several other factors such as cognitive development, researchers found that those who were breastfed were consistently more likely to be upwardly mobile than those who were not breastfed.