A new study has claimed that breast milk is more beneficial for prematurely born babies than formula-based food. It said that human milk can play a significant role in enhancing their overall health, especially the heart. Researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland said breast milk prevents heart disease in prematurely born babies. Notably, it is a fact that breast milk provides a complete form of nutrition for newly born babies and it has long-term health benefits. Researchers said that they looked at 30 preterm born adults. Doctors at the time of their birth had exclusively recommended feeding breast milk. Researchers also analyzed another growth comprising 16 adults who were also born before maturity. But they were given an exclusive formula-based diet during their hospitalization at birth.
Both the groups then underwent detailed cardiovascular assessment under the supervision of experts when they were between 23 and 28 years of age. Researchers noted that they have smaller chambers than the hearts in people who were born on the maturity of the pregnancy. They, however, observed that the smaller heart chambers were less profound in the group of adults who were fed exclusively the breast milk than the other group. Researchers concluded that breast milk has a protective effect on the structure of the heart. They said that kids who were fed breast milk exclusively have a lower risk of heart disease. The milk helps prevent heart disease by better-regulating hormones and growth factors. It also strengthens the newly born baby’s immune system and reduces inflammation and possibly.
Also, mothers of premature babies produce breast milk that has a different composition slightly. This happens for the first several weeks after delivery. The difference is naturally designed by the mother’s body to meet the baby’s requirements for growth. Researchers also observed that premature babies who are breastfed regularly have a thin chance to develop intestinal and other infections. The study was published in the journal Pediatric Research.