While experts have already proven that breastfeeding can help mothers lose excess baby weight and regulate their metabolism (you naturally burn calories to make breast milk every time you nurse) a new study suggests that breast feeding can even ultimately help regulate your child's metabolism — for life.
This phenomenon, which a team of French researchers have dubbed as the "metabolic programming effect," is a theory that suggests proper nutrition-intake at a child's most critical and earliest stages in life (birth) plays a pivotal role in ensuring that they maintain healthy throughout their entire lives. And what type of food has the most beneficial nutritional value? Breast milk, according to researchers. The study argues that infant formula, on the other hand, may actually contain a protein that may eventually induce a whirlwind of other health complications down the road such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.