Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Breastfeeding Protects Mothers Too

Women who breastfeed their babies may be lowering their own risk of a heart attack, heart disease or stroke, research suggests.
A US study found women who breastfed for more than a year were 10% less likely to develop the conditions than those who never breastfed.
Even breastfeeding for at least a month may cut the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
On average, it had been 35 years since the women [in the study of 140,000] had last breastfed - suggesting the beneficial impact lasts for decades.
BBC News | Health

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