Organic Milk & Dairy Linked to Healthier Breast Milk
Posted Oct 16 2008 7:58pm
Nursing mothers may want to make sure they're eating organic meat and dairy now that a recent study has found such a diet improves the quality of breast milk.
The research published in the British Journal of Nutrition compared mothers eating a conventional diet to those eating at least 90 percent of their meat and dairy from organic sources. Researchers found that the organic-eating group produced breast milk with higher levels of a beneficial fatty acid known as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
This healthy fat is especially helpful for newborns because it is believed to help their immune system development. Additionally, CLA is thought to have anti-carcinogenic properties and a wide range of other healthful benefits, including a positive influence on body fat composition.