The positive effects of breastfeeding is well known across the world. A baby gets complete nutrition through breast milk and it is also least difficult for the baby to digest.
It has been known that breastfeeding also plays an important role in the jaw development of the baby.
According to a recent study, it was reported that birth weight and breastfeeding both have implications for children's health decades after they were born. The work got published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
Based on this research, which was conducted by the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, it was found that young adults who were breastfed for three months or more as babies tend to possess a significantly lower risk of chronic inflammation associated with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in later part of life.
According to the report by University Herald, Molly W. Metzger, co-author of the study, said, "we are looking at the effects of these early factors on later levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a biomarker associated with risk for cardiovascular and metabolic disease."
In order to come to a conclusion, scientists analysed data from the U.S. National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, including parent surveys, and blood samples with measurements of CRP level.
The findings held up in a series of sibling models where one sibling was breastfed and the other was not.
Molly W. Metzger, co-author of the study with Thomas W. McDade of Northwestern University, said that "these findings underscore the importance of a preventive approach, including but not limited to prenatal health care and postnatal breastfeeding support.”
Breastfeeding is an extremely personal approach. Some women prefer it, while some don’t. But given the immense positive effects breastfeeding brings along for both mother and the baby, quite a few famous celebrity moms including Danica Mckellar, Jennifer Garner, Tori Spelling, Angelina Jolie and Naomi Watts support breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding leads to better parenting.