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Saturday, November 12, 2005
Interesting facts on Breastfeeding
I know, I know, I don't usually talk about this stuff on here ... it's been a couple of years since I was breastfeeding my son. But, you know how 'they' say that after six months, breastmilk gives no added nutrients.... yeah, they are wrong. And finally it's been proven.

After a year, breastmilk has a higher energy and fat content. It's VERY nutritious, don't let that F word scare you... it's the good fat.

"This is a nicely done study which looked at a question that really needed to be answered," added Dr. Ruth Lawrence, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and a member of the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics' section on breast-feeding. "I think many people's general impression is if you continue to breast-feed beyond a year, probably the nutrient value drops, and this is quite different information and very important."

And they go on to say some more great stuff about 'the perfect food':

"The constituents of fat and human milk are very different than what we provide in formula today. One of the most important constituents of human milk is cholesterol. Formula does not [contain cholesterol]," Lawrence said. "There are many people who think that probably one of the problems with cholesterol today occurs because infants have not had any cholesterol in the first few months of life; perhaps the body doesn't learn to deal with it. There are studies that show that young adults have much lower cholesterol levels if they were breast-fed than if they were bottle-fed."

Just FYI!
  The Writing Mother
  posted at 12:12 PM
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1 Comments:
At 12:45 PM, Anonymous Audra said...

My last child was breastfed until he was about 19 months. I wish I had known this kind of stuff with my older kids. :) I'll be nursing this little one when she arrives longer than what the 'norm' is, too. Great post. :)

 

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