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As you know, I despise when people try and use anecdotal evidence as proof of something- much prefer facts and figures....buuuuttt. As you know - I was breastfed for a year by a non drinking/ smoking healthful mother and I'm riddled with autoimmune diseases (which is why I can't breastfeed) and my kids who were all ff at different times, are just healthy - one is bright beyond my capabilities, one is sporty - beyond my capabilities, and so far (fingers crossed and knock on wood) they are much healthier than I was as a child. So I am seeing the absolute opposite really...not that that means anything, but I can't quite shake the feeling that breastfeeding did a fat lot of good for me
The World Health Organization performs regular updates of their systematic reviews to ensure all recommendations are based on the most up-to-date evidence. The WHO recently released an update to their 2007 review entitled “Long-term effects of breastfeeding: a systematic review.” In the 2007 report, evidence suggested that breastfeeding boasts a protective affect against obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and is linked to better performance on standardized intelligence tests.
The take home message of this update is while breastfeeding has significant benefits for mother and child, the benefits may have been overestimated for certain long-term effects (namely obesity, diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure and intelligence test performance). Breastfeeding appears to have a protective effect against high systolic blood pressure, but the effect is too small to be of clinical significance. There is a moderate protective effect against obesity that may also be due in part to other factors such as income and education level of the mother. Intelligence test performance does appear to improve if a child was breastfed, but the average improvement appears to be small (2 or 3 IQ points). Breastfeeding appears to have no affect on total cholesterol levels and there are not enough high quality studies available to calculate an association between breastfeeding and type 2 diabetes.
Me 31, He 34, DD 21 months, waiting for just 1 more to complete our family.
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