Babies who are demand fed perform better at school than those who are fed
on a schedule, according to a new study.
After studying more than 10,000 children, researchers found that babies who are breast-fed or
bottle-fed on demand scored 4-5 points higher in IQ tests at 8-years of age. Lead researcher Maria Iacovou said, "The difference in IQ levels of around four to five points, though statistically highly significant, would not make a child at the bottom of the class move to the top, but it would be noticeable."
The researchers also found demand feeding to be associated with higher scores in national curriculum tests (sats) at ages 5, 7, 11 and 14.
The study is published in the European Journal of Public Health.