We reported in the past that researchers didn’t know whether or not breastfeeding makes children smarter. But it turns out that it can, IF they have the right gene?a gene that most of us have.

BBC news reports that researchers have discovered that “a single gene influences whether breastfeeding improves a child’s intelligence. Children with one version of the FADS2 gene scored seven points higher in IQ tests if they were breastfed.” But breastfeeding had no effect on the IQ of children with a different version of that gene, which helps to break down fatty acids, which have been linked to brain development.
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