Breastfeeding is a big commitment; it requires a lot of energy and organization and can be both exhausting and time-consuming. So why do so many moms do it? Although it's a deeply personal choice, many moms decide to breastfeed because they believe it will make their children healthier and more successful, with its many benefits regularly praised by leaders in both the medical and wellness community.
But do we know exactly what those benefits are? And more importantly, which ones are backed up by science? A new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, casts some doubt on the widely held belief that breastfeeding your child will make them smarter and well-adapted.