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Breast-fed babies get better jobs

A study says, breast-fed babies do much better than those brought up on formula when they reach adulthood.

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A new study spanning six decades has found that when it comes to getting that much coveted job offer, breast-feeding as a baby can make all the difference.

The study, by researchers at Bristol University led by Dr Richard Martin, has found that breast-fed babies do much better than those brought up on formula when they reach adulthood.

As a part of the study, Dr Martin and his team traced hundreds of people born in the 1930s, to determine whether the form of their nutritional start in life had any effect on their subsequent status. <b1>

The researchers found that those people who had been breast-fed as babies were 41 per cent more likely to move up the social ladder as adults, reports the Daily Mail.

They noted that while men were likely to get a better job, women moved up the social ladder by marrying men of a higher standing than their fathers.

Dr Martin said that the study was unique because the people questioned were born in a time where, unlike today, formula feeding was not so common.

"This study is unique because it goes back to a time when formula feeding was not so prevalent. We had families from areas of heavy industry through to farming, and found most people did move up," the Daily Mail quoted him, as saying.

Dr Martin said: "There is a difference between breast-fed and bottle-fed children that emerges in long-term follow-up, and could be important to the health of the population. We found a trend suggesting longer breastfeeding, up to six months, may be most beneficial but it's clear that even some breastfeeding is better than nothing."

The long-term study looked at 1,414 people now aged in their 60s and 70s who took part in the Boyd Orr Study of Diet and Health in Pre-War Britain (1937-1939).