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Breastfeeding may protect against heart disease

Posted:  Friday, April 25, 2014

Breast feeding prevents heart diseases and improves maternal cardio- vascular health

Recent studies and researches conducted on the global level show that adequate amount of breast feeding prevents heart disease and any likely inflammation against shorter tenure of breast feeding. In United States alone, a lower range of C reactive protein, is seen in young adults who have been breast fed for longer period. The ones who have been breast fed for shorter periods tend to be more prone to higher inflammation due to an increased amount of C reactive protein. It is also observed that young infants who have been breast fed for longer; develop a healthy body mass index and cholesterol level during their adulthood, thus reducing the risk of any cardio-vascular complication.

More about the C reactive protein:

The C reactive protein (also known as CRP) is prepared with the liver and in cases where they are produced in increased quantities, chances of cardio inflammation accelerates. It is also seen that the C reactive protein also increases the cholesterol concentration of the body finally affecting their arterial performances of the heart. Studies have shown that when children are breast fed for longer periods during their infant stage, they develop a tendency to produce and burn out the C reactive proteins at par, hence keeping its level in a stable state. Experts have proved through research that more the weight after birth, lesser is the concentration and production of the C reactive protein. Hence breast feeding and heart disease avoidance goes hand in hand. When a child has been breastfed for at least one year after birth, it provides a better heart condition.

Studies show that breast feeding prevents heart disease by at least 5% more than what a normal young adult not breast fed may experience. Most of the cardio vascular and arterial diseases that occur due to higher lipoproteins and cholesterol concentrations in the blood can be traced back to the lack of breast feeding during early infancy, yet the reasons underlying are yet to be thoroughly understood in terms of scientific experimentation.

How has the research helped understand the importance of breast feeding?

When researches opened up the correlation between breast feeding and heart disease prevention, several ethnic groups, of varied gender and health groups ranging between the age group of late twenties and early thirties were researched upon. The study also compared the health conditions of immediate siblings to understand the uniformity of the study in several socio economic status of the US society. The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) studied and later recommended that a mother must normally chose to breast feed the child up to one year or unless the child is ready to give up on breast milk. Being fed only breast milk for the first six months ensure that the child is getting natural source of iron within their system. However after the first six months, light iron complimentary food can be added to the child’s diet to improve the tolerance and immunity system to food other than breast milk. Breast feeding prevents heart disease by also being the safe source of nutrients for an infant without the viable risk of contamination causing reduced immunity system in the child.