New evidence of the health benefits of breastfeeding
8 July 2008Two new reviews regarding the health benefits of breastfeeding have recently been published.
Breastmilk in infancy leads to reduced cholesterol levels in adolescence
A prospective randomised study in today's Lancet reports that adolescents have a reduction of 14% in their ratio of LDL to HDL cholesterol if they were fed breastmilk in infancy.14 May 2004
Breastfeeding may have long-term benefits for cardiovascular health
A cross-sectional study of 1,532 adolescents in 10 British towns and a systematic review of studies.3 September 2002
Breastfeeding reduces risk factors for heart disease in middle age
Of 625 subjects aged 48-53 years born around the time of a severe period of famine in Amsterdam (1944-45), those were bottle fed at hospital discharge had greater risk factors for cardiovascular disease than those who were exclusively breast fed.1 February 2000
Effect of breastfeeding on plasma cholesterol and weight in young adult
The relation between breast-feeding and plasma cholesterol level in adult life was examined in a longitudinal study of a sample of people born in 1946.1 September 1980
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