Breastfeeding Lowers Infant’s Risk of Developing Bowel Disease Later, Study Reports

Breastfeeding Lowers Infant’s Risk of Developing Bowel Disease Later, Study Reports
People who were breastfed are at lower risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease than those who weren’t, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers reported. The team said the protective effects applied to people across the globe. Their work, based on an analysis of previously published studies, supported research suggesting that breastfeeding helps ward off bowel disease. Some studies have

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2 comments

  1. annon says:

    I honestly wonder how this can be stated given that most parents of children with IBD have breast fed their babies. Still, our children are diagnosed with early onset. Where is the data on that? As a parent of an IBDer, I find it disgusting that these studies are put out there. My fellow IBD parents are people that have done everything right to help our kids be healthy both prior to diagnosis and post diagnosis. We would do anything for a cure. SHAME ON YOU FOR BLAMING THE PARENTS!!!!

    • Anon Anon says:

      There’s no shaming of parents here…it’s simply reporting the researchers’ findings, and is a summation of 35 studies worldwide involving 15,000 patients – that’s pretty significant! Should the researchers not be allowed to publish their findings? Nothing completely eradicates the risk of IBD, but breastfeeding has been found to REDUCE that risk. The findings show that breastfeeding will stop some kids from developing IBD, but other kids who were breastfed will sadly still go on to develop it. I’m one of them: I developed Crohn’s myself in 1989, when I was 12, whereas my brother is perfectly healthy. I lost 70cm of my jejunum at 18 and I had my colon, rectum and anus removed at 33. I now have a stoma for life. There’s nobody to blame (certainly not my parents); it’s unfortunately just the way it goes. It’s important that more research into Crohn’s and colitis is carried out and that we encourage this research, so that we learn of further ways to reduce the risk and, hopefully, find a cure.

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