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The Impact of Organic on Breastmilk

Does a mother’s organic choices influence her growing newborn? You bet it does!

A 2007 study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, showed eating organic meat and organic dairy positively influenced the nutritional profile of breast milk. Organic mommas’ milk contained more healthy fatty acids, specifically conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). 

CLA is an important component of any baby’s diet because CLA aids in development of a healthy immune system.  CLA is also important because researchers suspect it has powerful anti-carcinogenic, anti-atherosclerotic, and anti-diabetic properties.  Lastly, intake of CLA has a favorable influence on body fat composition.

Here’s what the study’s head author had to say about the results of the study, which involved 312 breastfeeding women with 1-month old infants from the Netherlands:

“These findings provide scientific support for common sense, by showing that organic foods are healthier,” says Dr. Lukas Rist, who is the lead author of the study and the head of research at the Paracelsus Hospital in Switzerland.  “The study shows that breastfeeding mothers can influence the supply and quality of fatty acids for their infants, by eating a diet with organic dairy,” adds Rist. (Source)

You can read the complete study here.

Read more from Caitlin on Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful.  Follow all her Babble posts here!

A big thanks to YoBaby for sponsoring this campaign.  Click here to see more of the discussion.

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