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Alcohol Use While Breastfeeding

Offspring of mothers who drank alcohol while breastfeeding had lower cognition.

An Australian observational study followed more than 5000 children from infancy to 11 years old--approximately 4700 were ever breast fed. Infants whose mothers drank alcohol while breast-feeding had lower cognitive scores by age 6. These differences were no longer significant by age 10-11, and were independent of prenatal alcohol use.

PositiveTip: Alcohol use while breastfeeding can significantly impair the mother's ability to self-regulate and make safe choices for herself and/or her child.

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Breastfeeding Associated with Lower CVD Risk

Breastfeeding for 2 or more years lowered the risk of CHD by 18%.

A study of 300,000 women in China found mothers who breast fed their babies had significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease when compared to those who did not. Those who breastfed 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, or over 24 months, respectively, had 1%, 7%, 11%, 13%, and 18% lower risk of CHD. Each additional six months of breastfeeding reduced the risk by 4%.

PositiveTip: Encourage new mothers to breastfeed their babies. It is best for the baby and good for the mother!