Breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the risk of a variety of health issues, including premature death, diabetes and certain cancers, according to a new study from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers looked at the health of 2,972 American children, ages 4 to 10, between 2007 and 2015.
They found that breastfed children had a lower risk of obesity and a lower incidence of diabetes, and their overall health was better.
The study looked at children who were breastfed for two years or longer, compared to those who were not, to see if there was any difference in the children’s health outcomes.
The researchers compared their children to their peers in the same age range.
The researchers found that breastfeeding decreased the risk for a variety health issues: obesity, type 2 diabetes, premature death and certain cancer-related outcomes.
“We found that for children whose mothers breastfed during the study, their BMI dropped by 1.1 and their waist circumference dropped by 0.6 inches, and for children who didn’t breastfeed, their waist and BMI increased by 0,1 and 0.4 inches,” said Dr. Kristi L. Sullum, the study’s lead author.
For most of the study participants, breastfed infants also had higher rates of overall healthy behaviors.
The study also found that the breastfed babies had lower rates of hospitalization, pneumonia and the risk to develop diabetes.
“It is really interesting to see how a simple formula, such as formula from a local health food store, can reduce obesity in infants,” Dr. Sully said.
Dr. SULLUM, a clinical fellow in pediatrics at the University of California, Davis, said breastfeeding is important for babies and parents.
“I think breastfeeding is really good for breastfeeding, it helps to protect the baby from a lot of the negative outcomes that may be associated with obesity,” she said.
The findings are part of the larger research into breastfeeding and obesity.
It also showed that infants who are breastfed in the early years of life are less likely to be obese, which is why breastfeeding is so important for infants who need help maintaining their weight.
“The research is really strong, but it’s also very complicated.
There’s still a lot to learn,” said Lina Y. Tse, the lead author of the new study.
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