The Objective : The purpose of this project is to find out if healthy full term children between the ages of 10 and 12 who were breastfed for the first six months of their life are smarter than healthy full term children between the ages of 10 and 12 who were formula fed for the first six months of their life.
I drafted graphs for the I.Q.s of the breast fed children and of the furmula fed children and compared my results. I found that healthy full term breastfed children are smarter than their formula fed peers by an average of (8) I.Q. points.
There were a total of 18 valid geysers.
The highest geyser, Diet Shasta, was 52" at its highest which was almost twice as high as Diet Coke's geyser, and 26 times higher than the lowest which was Shasta Club Soda.
Therefore, because I thought that Diet Coke would be highest, my hypothosis was wrong.
I hypothesized that breastfed children would be smarter, and my hypothesis was right! Breast milk contains the ideal ratio of fats, amino acids and other nutrients that baby needs for brain and nervous system development. These ingredients provide the ideal basis for the "hard-wiring" component of a person's intelligence. So the correlation between breast feeding and intelligence is that breast feeding allows the child to reach a higher genetic potential of intelligence. Other factors in nature also help a child to reach a higher genetic potential, and that was clear in the high I.Q. scores that were scored by the formula fed children. It is important to note that in breastfed children whose genetic potential for intelligence is at an average, breastfeeding will not allow them to have a higher I.Q., it will only help them reach the maximum potential. That too is clear in the low I.Q. scores that breast fed children scored.
This project is about how is the effect of breastfeeding on intelligence.
Science Fair Project done By Malak J. Alamad
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