Heart Disease and Health

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These studies look at the link between breastfeeding and heart disease.

Benefits of breastfeeding on premature babies’ heart health in adulthood

This study of 926 preterm infants provides the first evidence of a beneficial association between breast milk and cardiac morphology and function in adult life in preterm babies. It supports the promotion of human milk for the care of preterm infants to reduce long-term cardiovascular risk.

Lewandowski, A et al (2016), Breast Milk Consumption in Preterm Neonates and Cardiac Shape in Adulthood, Pediatrics, 10.1542/peds.2016-0050

Breastmilk and reduced cholesterol in adolescence

This study of 216 participants born preterm found that those who received breastmilk had a lower ration of LDL to HDL cholesterol compared with those who had been given preterm formula.

Singhal A et al (2004). Breastmilk feeding and lipoprotein profile in adolescents born preterm: follow-up of a prospective randomised study . Lancet 363: 1571-78