A large scale study in Britain suggests eight-year-olds who were fed on demand as infants had higher IQs — and did better in school — than did children who were fed on a schedule.
Researchers from Essex and Oxford Universities looked at more than 10,000 children born in the Bristol area in the early 1990s and studied their performance at ages five, seven, 11 and 14.
The study takes into account background factors such as a parent’s education, family income, the child’s sex and age, maternal health and parenting styles.
“The difference between schedule and demand-fed children is found both in breastfed and in bottle-fed babies.”
(READ the story in the Daily Mail)