Holy Hormones Journal: Is it possible that your chronic inflammation, cardiac issues and autoimmune disorders may be linked to whether or not your mother breast fed you? This is serious. Then again, our health is totally dependent on the health of our mothers – in particular – and her genetic line. Women who are exploring pregnancy need to make sure their nutritional reserves are intact. Not just for preventing postpartum depression but for making sure that when the breastfeed their child is getting as many nutrients as possible.
Here is yet another natural life-saving act that women are endowed with and the message has been to give it up for formulas that contain toxins. Read what Green Med Info has to say about infant formula.
The USDA organic label is supposed to protect the consumer against GMOs and avoidable chemical exposures, but the sobering fact is that USDA-certified infant formula manufacturers are not only being allowed to use a pesticide in their formulas, but are advertising it as a ‘healthy’ mineral to unsuspecting consumers.
Unbeknownst to the vast majority of U.S. consumers, the nutritional adequacy of infant formula it not determined by its ability to support and produce health in those who receive it, as would be expected. Instead, it is deemed nutritionally adequate solely by virtue of it containing minimum quantities of a list of 29 nutrients, without specifying or even acknowledging the significant qualitative differences that exist between minerals in the form of nutrients and those in the form of industrial chemicals, e.g. amino acid-chelated forms of iron (iron glycinate) are much safer than relatively inorganic forms (ferrous oxide). Surprisingly, all that regulators do is ensure that those ingredients are there in the amounts deemed necessary, and that some basic quality control measures are followed during the manufacturing process.
Do not let your doctor prescribe psychotropic medications or synthetic hormones during lactation. All of this affect’s your infants health.
Birthweight and breastfeeding have implications for children’s health decades later
Young adults who were breastfed for three months or more as babies have a significantly lower risk of chronic inflammation associated with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, according to research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
“This study shows that birthweight and breastfeeding both have implications for children’s health decades later,” said Molly W. Metzger, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School and a co-author of the study with Thomas W. McDade, PhD, of Northwestern University.
“Specifically, 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,” Metzger said. “Comparing the long-term effects of breastfeeding to the effects of clinical trials of statin therapy, we find breastfeeding to exert effects that are as large or larger.”
The researchers used data from the U.S. National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, including parent surveys, and blood samples providing measurements of CRP.
These findings held up in a series of sibling models, in which one sibling was breastfed and the other was not. Such models provide improved confidence in the results by implicitly controlling for genetic factors for elevated CRP.