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Press cutting: Breast-fed babies 'grow up to have better sight'

9 February 2007

Breast-fed babies grow up to have better eyesight than those given bottled milk, a study has shown.


Scientists found that young children who had been breast-fed had better "stereoscopic vision" - the ability to discern depth. …

The researchers, from the UCL Institute of Child Health in London, studied 262 children aged between four and six. Of these, 78 had previously been breast-fed and 184 had been given formula milk. …

When they were tested, the breast-fed children were significantly more likely to have better vision. Lead researcher Dr Atul Singhal said: "Our study adds to the growing evidence that breast-feeding has long-term benefits for visual development." …

Daniel Martin, 'Daily Mail'