Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Breastfeeding Reduces Long-Term Cardiovascular Risks in Premature Babies

A breast milk diet for premature babies, compared to infant formula diet, was shown to positively impact long-term heart and lung growth, structure and function in adulthood. Preterm birth is associated with abnormal heart growth and development, of which the effects last throughout adulthood. The study in Pediatrics stated, “Breast milk contains a greater bioactivity and bioavailability of a number of growth factors, enzymes, and antibodies compared with even the best infant formulas.”

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