We all want to raise smart children who will do well in school and will be able to achieve all their dreams in life. But is there anything we can do to help with our baby’s IQ?

We know that nutrition plays a significant role in brain development. You know what they say, you are what you eat … So, what should you be eating for increased mental development?

It has been reported that, in the first three years of life, your little one’s brain triples in weight and develops 1 000 trillion nerve connections. With this fast growth we need to make sure that they are getting the best possible nutrition.

Here are the top five foods which will help with mental development:

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1. Breast milk

The number one thing you can do to help increase your little one’s IQ is to breastfeed!

Breast milk will always outrank formula in terms of health. So if you are able to breastfeed then take advantage of it. Breastfeeding consultants can really help with any breastfeeding problems that you may have.

Breast milk is high in fat, which helps with brain development. Breast milk’s composition changes during the duration of a feed. The fore milk has a tint of blue and is high in protein while the hind milk has more of a creamy colour and is rich is fat. Make sure your baby is receiving a good amount of hind milk.

Not only does it help to increase intelligence but it also provides your little one with a good immune system and a decreased risk of developing allergies. All in all, breastfeeding has powerful long term benefits for your baby. This also includes a decreased risk of obesity in later years.