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Another Reason to Breastfeed

August 5th, 2014 | By: Nancy Ripton
Why breastfeeding your baby can boost their health later in life.
Another Reason to Breastfeed

Yet another study is out to tout the benefits of breastfeeding. According to researchers at Washington University in St. Louis young adults who were breastfed for at least three months have a significantly lower risk of chronic inflammation associated with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The study also shows that birth weight has implications for children’s health decades later.

Researchers looked at the effects of both birth weight and breastfeeding on levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a biomarker associated with inflammation. Chronic inflammation increases the risk of both cardiovascular and metabolic disease. CRP levels were 20 to 30 per cent lower in individuals who were not breastfed. They were also lower in babies with a birth weight above six pounds.

The findings even held up when siblings were compared – where one was breastfed and another was not.