Breastfeeding May Increase Healthy Eating Habits in Later Life

September 2, 2014 5:44 PM

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Breastfeeding May Increase Healthy Eating Habits in Later Life

Breastfeeding a child might increase the chances of that child developing healthy eating habits in later life according to a new report partially funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers observed more than 1,500 mothers and concluded that those who were able to breastfeed their children for a longer period of time produced six year-olds with healthier eating preferences. The accumulation of 11 studies that were used to draw this conclusion was published in a supplemental section to the journal Pediatrics.

The children who were breast-fed for longer ate a larger quantity of fruits and vegetables, ate less sugary foods and drank less sweetened drinks, they also consumed more water. These finding may provide some information that can be used by health officials who are trying to understand the current r...

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