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Fighting the childhood obesity epidemic

For mothers who have diabetes, their children are more prone to risk of being childhood obese, but breastfeeding can reduce the risk, feeding should be for six months at least. This has been found by new study. Tessa Crume who is epidemiologist, Phd, and is fellow researcher has tracked ninety four children who are of diabetic pregnancy along with three hundred and ninety nine children of non diabetic mothers. Kids ranged from birth to age of thirteen.

For evaluation Body Mass Index was used as indicator to study the influence of breastfeeding. Explaining about the research and the study result she said that for defining the risk of obesity, early infant life, it has some critical perinatal periods. In research they studied exposure of over nutrition in uterus because of diabetic pregnancy on children, and early nutrition they have which can alter the risk of the childhood obesity.

The research initially found out, children who had diabetic pregnancy, were breastfed for six months, such has slower Body Mass Index as they grew older as compared to children with diabetic pregnancy but breast fed less than six months. Also this kind of similar pattern also was seen in children who were of non-diabetic pregnancy.

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It’s already known by researchers that the children who have exposure to diabetes or even obesity in their gestation stage have high risk of getting childhood obesity as well the metabolism related diseases. Crume further added that now there is second critical chance where Body Mass Index growth can normalizes. This is done by breastfeeding the babies for at least six months. This also matched with the recommendations given by the Academy of Pediatrics for how much time babies must be breastfed compulsory.

Crume has said “Breastfeeding support represents an important clinical and public health strategy to reduce the risk of childhood obesity,” emphasizing on breastfeeding, it’s important thing to do by mothers for reducing the risks of obesity in children. This is especially for diabetic mothers that they breastfeed their child till six months. This new study is clinically important and is public health strategy where in a step in reducing the childhood obesity risks. Also it shall encourage mothers to breastfeed babies for six months the least.

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Foods to eat while nursing

butternut squash healthy food for nursing


Butternut Squash: veggies and fruits which are yellow and orange in color are very good for nursing health. These foods are rich sources of carotenoids. The carotenoids are must in every person’s diet. Butternut squash has alpha carotene and beta-carotene that helps in lowering the risks of cancer, in women it lowers risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Thus it’s essential for women’s health to have such fruits and veggies.




flax seeds healthy clean eating nursing foodFlax Seeds: the reason why flax seeds should be eaten is to lose weight or keep a check on your cholesterol levels. First thing to know about Flax seeds is that they are rich source of the Omega-3 Fatty acids. Well if its fats then why to consume? The Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory property, help in removing bloating, help the irritable bowel syndrome and keeps check on cholesterol level as well. Therefore it’s beneficial in preventing arthritis and since it controls cholesterol, it’s beneficial to heart in preventing heart diseases. Also flax seeds help in reducing the risks of the breast cancer. Flax seeds should be eaten more by women once she is experiencing menopause. After menopause the risk of all the diseases tend to increase in women.



wild salmon nursing superfoodSalmon: has multitude of benefits to women. First thing is it’s a rich source in iron. Iron is integral in women’s diet, specially during the perimenopausal. Iron is needed more in women than in men. Deficiency in iron leads to many health related problems in women. Salmon is also good source of omega-3 fatty acids. These also help in beating off the depression. Depression affects twice many women as compared to the men. Also effective in mood personality disorder as they can prevent mood swings. Salmon is known to boost baby’s intelligence when expecting mother eats it during the pregnancy.

This was a simple list of foods which should be eaten by women, for their proper health as it’s said healthy woman is healthy home.

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