Study: Breastfed boys do better in school

December 20, 2010 11:19:49 AM PST
A new study finds that boys who are breastfed as infants do better in the classroom during childhood.

Researchers in Australia say kids who were predominantly breastfed for six months or longer had significantly-higher tests scores on math, reading and spelling, than children who were breastfed for shorter periods or given formula.

However, researchers say the results appear to be much stronger for boys than for girls. Studies have long shown that breastfeeding is beneficial for both mother and newborn.

The results are published online in "Pediatrics."