Long Term Effects of Breastfeeding on the Infant and Mother

  • Lene Schack-Nielsen
  • Anni Larnkjær
  • Kim Fleischer Michaelsen
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 569)


There is increasing evidence that breastfeeding has long term beneficial effects on the infant. The most important are improved cognitive development, reduced incidence of immune related diseases (e.g. Type-1 diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease), and childhood cancers. A reduced risk of breast cancer in the mother is another important benefit.

Key words

Breastfeeding long-term effects cognitive function, growth cardiovascular effects immune system allergy maternal effects 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lene Schack-Nielsen
    • 1
  • Anni Larnkjær
    • 1
  • Kim Fleischer Michaelsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Human NutritionThe Royal Veterinary and Agric UniversityDenmark

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