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Maternal CVD Mortality and Breast Feeding

CVD mortality doubles in mothers who never breast-fed.

Researchers analyzed the results of almost 22,000 Norwegian women who were younger than 65 years old at enrollment and had given birth to at least one child. Those who had never nursed were two times as likely to die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) when compared to those who had ever breast-fed. This finding held true when adjusting for CVD risk factors, age, parity, education and marital status. 

PositiveTip: When ever-possible, feeding your infant nature's way conveys big advantages to both baby and mother!

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Lactation Benefits the Mother Years Later

Breast-feeding may help you keep that girlish figure!

Obesity-related diseases are a growing concern around the world. Based on the Million Women Study in Britain, researchers have found that mothers who had not breast-fed had significantly higher BMI scores than those who did. Those who breast-fed for more than 6 months had the greatest weight reduction. While not proving casuality, this study adds to the growing body of evidence that lactation has important health benefits for the mother--even years in the future.

PositiveTip: Choosing to breast-feed is best for the baby and can reduce the mother's risk of excess weight later. 

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Formula vs. Breast Feeding and Development

Breast-fed infants still have advantages.

Researchers at the Univeristy of Arkansas have compared the outcomes of infants fed soy-protein formula or cow's milk formula to those breast-fed. This observational study shows that breast-fed infants experienced slightly higher but significant developmental and language scores than those fed either type of formula at 12 months of age. It should be noted that infants were not randomized, and the scores of all were within the normal range.

PositiveTip: Although breast-feeding is best, young mother's should not worry that formula-feeding, when necessary, might stunt their child.

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Bottle-feeding + Early Solid Foods = Formula for Early Obesity

Starting formula-fed babies on solid foods early may increase risk of obesity.

Formula-fed infants introduced to solid food before 4 months of age had 6.3 times higher risk of obesity by the age of 3 compared to breastfed infants. Breastfed infants showed no impact based on the age of introducing solid food (P<0.0001). This research confirms the long-term benefits of breast feeding during the first six months of baby's life.

PositiveTip: Breast-feeding young infants continues to be the healthiest choice for them!

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Breast-feeding Newborns Protected Against Infections

Breast-feeding during the first six months of life reduces infections and hospital admissions.


Researchers in Crete interviewed 900 new mothers through-out the first year of their infants life to discover breast-feeding habits and the health of the newborns. When exclusively breast-fed infants experienced 30% fewer infections and 40% fewer admissions to the hospital. 

PositiveTip: Exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months of life provides huge benefits to the newborn!


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Breast Feeding Mothers Less Likely to Get Hip Fractures

Women who breast-feed have a lower risk of hip fractures later in life.

There are many benefits of breast feeding both to the baby and to the mother.  Women who breast feed are less likely to develop osteoporosis and therefore less likely later in life to fracture bones. Because falls in later life often result in fractured hips, we can say, that one way to help prevent fractured hips when you are older is to breast feed when you are younger. Pretty neat!

PositiveTip: For expecting mothers, plan on breast feeding! There are big benefits to mom and baby.