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Breastfeeding has Long-Term Benefits

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 10:39

Breastfeeding may protect infants from cardiovascular disease later in life, according to investigators in the Netherlands.  Researchers poured over data on 625 people born in Amsterdamduring a severe famine between 1943 and 1947. When these subjects were aged 48 to 53 years, they underwent blood tests. Subjects who were bottle-fed had an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, compared with their breast-fed peers. Specifically, bottle-fed individuals had higher plasma glucose concentrations following an oral glucose tolerance test. In addition, compared with breast-fed subjects, people who were bottle-fed had higher LDL cholesterol, lower HDL cholesterol and elevated LDL/HDL ratios.

Ravelli ACJ , van der Meulen JHP, Osmond C, Barker DJ   Infant feeding and adult glucose tolerance, lipid profile, blood pressure, and obesity   Arch Dis Child 2000 (Mar);   82 (3):   248-252