Health experts have long extolled to new mothers the virtues of breastfeeding their babies, knowing it increases the immunity that helps protect children against many kinds of infections and disease. Now latest research proves it does far more:
* It can increase IQ by seven points. According to a study carried out on more than 1,000
* An American study showed that of almost 1,000 adults taking part, those who were breastfed were more than 50 per cent more likely to have higher levels of HDL 'good' cholesterol and lower BMI (body mass index) than those who had not been breastfed.
* And because breast milk contains oxytocin and prolactin, which have an effect on the brain's reward centre, they help babies feel more secure. So breast continues to be best.