Breastfeeding Duration

Tools

Story Updated: Apr 16, 2013

Breastfeeding is best...that's the advice most new moms get from their doctors and it's supported by strong research on the health benefits.

But now a new study out of Canada suggests there may be an issue to look out for if you breastfeed more than 12 months.

Parents of healthy children ages 1 to 6 were recruited during routine doctor visits between December 2008 and July 2011. In all, 1647 kids were included.

The team asked the mothers about their breastfeeding history then cross-referenced that information with lab tests that measured iron levels in their baby's blood.

While the average breastfeeding duration was 10 months, 27-percent of participants breastfed for more than a year.

The startling find...when breastfeeding continued past the 12 month mark, the risk of iron deficiency went up... nearly doubling.

Iron is important to a child's brain and neurological development.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that doctors conduct risk assessments for iron deficiency anemia.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the latest breakthroughs from the world of medicine.

Add a comment

Name:

Comment: 250 Characters Left

WBNG and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.

Featured Professional
High-quality, affordable health coverage & valuable health-related resources that our members use every day.

Presenting Sponsor

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a nonprofit independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, is part of a family of companies that finances and delivers vital health care services to 1.8 million people across upstate New York. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield provides access to high-quality, affordable health coverage, including valuable health-related resources that our members use every day, such as cost-saving prescription drug discounts and wellness tracking tools in our Step Up program. To learn more, visit www.excellusbcbs.com

See Our Related Stories:
Diabetes: New Report Shows Spike in Prevalence
Generic Version of Flomax® Will Save Upstate New Yorkers Millions
Low or No Salt Summer Recipes
Dr. Mary Beth McCall - Electronic Prescribing

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a nonprofit independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, is part of a family of companies that finances and delivers vital health care services to 1.8 million people across upstate New York. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield provides access to high-quality, affordable health coverage, including valuable health-related resources that our members use every day, such as cost-saving prescription drug discounts and wellness tracking tools in our Step Up program. To learn more, visit www.excellusbcbs.com