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Drs. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Tags: breast feeding | obesity | immunity | Dr. Oz

Ensuring Healthy Breast Milk

Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D. By Thursday, 05 July 2018 10:36 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

There's one Oregon woman on YouTube who has a condition called hyperlactation. She produces 1.75 gallons of milk daily.

Over the past few years, she has donated more than 700 gallons to moms and babies in need.

Being breastfed clearly offers benefits: It's linked to a lower risk of teen metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes; it's protective against weight gain in kids who seem to easily pack on pounds; it helps with immunity; and it aids digestive health.

But research also shows that not all breast milk is created equal.

One study found that breast milk from obese women contains excess fat (altering an infant's microbiome), and another found that when moms drink sugary beverages, they produce more sugary breast milk (setting the stage for a child's future health problems).

The lesson? If you're going to breastfeed or are breastfeeding, avoid sugary drinks and try to maintain a healthy weight.

If you can, breastfeed for six months or more. Remember, moms should never be demonized for needing to provide an infant with an all-formula diet.

(However, a recent study found soy-based formulas cause changes in reproductive cells in infants — and long-term effects should be studied.)

If, on the other hand, you consider using donated breast milk, call your state health department to find out about local banks that certify the safety of their milk.

The Food and Drug Administration warns that unmonitored sources pose "risks for the baby ... [including] exposure to infectious diseases, including HIV, to chemical contaminants [and] ...some illegal ... and ... prescription drugs."

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Being breastfed clearly offers benefits: It's linked to a lower risk of teen metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes.
breast feeding, obesity, immunity, Dr. Oz
Thursday, 05 July 2018 10:36 AM
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