Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Breastfeeding May Lower Risk of Obesity for Children of Diabetic Moms

Breastfeeding has been shown to lower obesity rates for children of non-Diabetic moms. A recent study published in Diabetes Care magazine has shown that breastfeeding can lower obesity rates among children whose mothers had diabetes during pregnancy (gestational, type I, and type II).

The study followed a group of infants who were breastfed for at least 6 months and who had been exposed to diabetes while in the womb. The study documented whether or not the children were more likely than their peers to be overweight or obese from ages 6 to 13. The findings concluded that breastfeeding did contribute to the children not being obese or overweight. This was found to be true amongst all ethnicities studied.

Yet again, breastfeeding has been shown to have many benefits, with studies providing proof that food science advancement cannot match what our bodies produce for our young. Formula is no match for the multitude of health benefits from breastmilk; from immunity and decreased health risks later in life to a stronger bond between mother and child, breastfeeding is the right start to every child's life.

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