Milk has numerous benefits. And when it comes to pregnant ladies and kids, milk can do wonders for improving their health.
A new study has found that consuming milk during pregnancy benefits children well into their early adulthood. It helps the children gain better height than those whose mothers did not take it adequately.
So far studies only supported the fact that milk benefits little kids and help them in gaining weight and growing taller. But the new study directly links pregnant mothers’ milk consumption to their babies when in womb.
The study has said children born to women who drank milk during pregnancy are more likely to be tall in their teenage.
The study showed teenagers of both genders were generally taller if their mothers took more than 150 millilitres – roughly a quarter of a pint of milk – a day during the pregnancy, compared to children born to women who drank less than that quantity.
A team of scientists tracked babies born in the late ’80s and found that their height during adolescence was directly related to how much milk their mothers consumed when they were in the womb.
Nutrition experts from Iceland, Denmark and the US wanted to examine if the benefits seen in the early stages of life from milk were extended into later years.
They tracked babies born to 809 women in Denmark in 1988 and 1989 by monitoring how much milk the women had consumed during pregnancy. The babies were measured for weight and birth length and then followed up again almost 20 years later.
The study was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.