A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association links breastfeeding with reduced blood pressure later in life. Colostrum, the first breast milk produced by a mother after delivery, is connected to lower blood pressure due to its extra nutrients. “Colostrum is thicker and more concentrated than later milk and can provide nutrition for the infant in just a few drops,” said Jenelle Ferry, M.D., neonatologist at Pediatrix® Medical Group of Florida – Tampa Neonatology. “It is especially important for delivering antibodies that boost the newborn immune system and has factors that aid in digestion.”

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