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Breast-Feeding Won’t Make Your Children Smarter

July 3 (Bloomberg) -- Advocates of so-called attachment parenting take an all-encompassing approach: assiduous attention to a child’s every need, including prolonged breast-feeding. But those who claim that these practices benefit children’s intelligence miss an important point.

A child’s biggest advantage arises from having the family resources that make such care giving possible in the first place. In this sense, attachment parenting is a trend among families whose children need it least -- the affluent. Fortunately, there is a way for parents of lesser means to get similar benefits.