Babies breastfed for under 6 months at liver disease risk

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Not breast feeding or stopping before six months raises a baby’s at risk of having nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) later on in life by 40 per cent, new research suggests.It was also found that being obese at the start of pregnancy doubled a baby’s risk of the disease, which can lead to serious liver damage, including the potentially life-threatening disease cirrhosis.Smoking in the early days of pregnancy also ‘significantly increased’ the risk of NAFLD by the time babies become teenager.The findings from the Australian study suggest an alarming number of women are putting their babies’ health at risk. Guidelines recommend that infants should be fed breast milk exclusively for the first six months of life.   

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