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The list of long- and short-term benefits of breastfeeding continues to grow

Long-time readers of this blog know I’m a big, big fan of encouraging, equipping, and enabling new moms to exclusively breastfeed their infants for at least six months. Here’s a summary of some of my reasons for this:

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Breastfed babies have better head growth and lower blood pressure

Breastfeeding is universally recommended as the superior method for feeding infants because it’s linked to prevention of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and long-term prevention of various illnesses including asthma, diabetes,and obesity … and even behavioral problems. Now a study … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding protects against SIDS

According to a review (meta-analysis) of 24 studies in the journal Pediatrics, breastfeeding substantially reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), especially when breast milk is the sole nutritional source.

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Breast-feeding reduces later behavior problems

A recent British study finds more behavioral issues among kids who were formula-fed, as compared to kids who are breastfed. In fact, breast-fed children are significantly less likely to have behavioral problems at age 5 than are those who were … Continue reading

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Prolonged bottle feeding boosts kids’ obesity risk: study

Nearly one-quarter of 2-year-old babies who are still drinking from a bottle at 2 years of age may be prone to obesity by the time they turn 5, a new study suggests.

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Giving baby solid foods too early linked to obesity

Here’s another reason to consider breast feeding you baby … babies who are formula-fed and introduced to solid foods before they are 4 months old are more likely to be obese when they are three years old, researchers report. However, … Continue reading

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Breast-Fed Babies Know When to Say When — May Prevent Obesity Later

Many healthcare experts believe breast-fed babies are less likely to become overweight and obese in childhood and later in life — but, we’ve never really understood why. Now, a new study in the journal Pediatrics is suggesting that cues which … Continue reading

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Six months of breast milk best for babies

Babies are less likely to develop a respiratory or gastrointestinal infection if they are exclusively breastfed for at least 6 months, according to a Dutch study, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), in the journal Pediatrics. The study supports the current … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding offers women long-term protection against metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis

We all know that breastfeeding has myriad benefits for the baby. Breastfeeding reduces babies’ risk of these diseases by these percentages: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS):  36% Type 1 Diabetes:  19-27% Type 2 Diabetes:  39% Leukemia (acute lymphocytic) :  19% Leukemia … Continue reading

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DHA Formula Promoted as Baby Brain Booster

Breast-fed babies may have an advantage over bottle-fed infants in development and cognition, but a new study shows it may be possible to close the gap using infant formula fortified with DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in breast milk.

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Amazing new study suggests breastfeeding may lower a mom’s risk for hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease later in life

I’ve been an incredibly strong advocate of breast feeding since my earliest days as a family physician, writer, and medical journalist. But, my support and advocacy for my patients and my readers has primarily been due to (1) the many … Continue reading

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Dr. Walt’s Take on the Health Headlines – May 30, 2008

Here are my takes on some of today’s health headlines: Vitamin D for babies may prevent type 1 diabetes A new systematic review reports to have “the strongest evidence to date” that supplemental vitamin D in babies and children may … Continue reading

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