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Measure: History of Being Breast Fed   #061000


Question about whether or not the respondent was breast-fed as a child.


Human milk has health benefits for infants (i.e., nutritional and immunologic benefits). Lactation has been shown to be beneficial to the health of mothers (e.g., lower risk of some cancers). Breast-feeding also has been shown to have psychological and neurodevelopmental benefits. Unfortunately, human milk may also be a vehicle for transfer of viruses (e.g., HIV) and environmental chemicals (e.g., polyhalogenated chemicals). Generally, the benefits of human milk and lactation have been found to outweigh the risks of exposures to pathogens or toxic substances in breast milk but there are higher-risk situations that have been recognized. Researchers can use information about breast-feeding to make inferences relevant to early nutritional status and immunologic development, the mother-child relationship, and potential exposures.



Environmental Exposures, breast-feeding, breast milk, lactation, immunology, virus transmission, National Cancer Institute, NCI, Long Island Breast Cancer Study, LIBCSP

Measure Release Date: May 31, 2016

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