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The findings of a new study, conducted by the researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, women who breastfeed for at least a year are 10 percent less likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes opposed to those who never breastfeed. The findings of a new study, conducted by the researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, women who breastfeed for at least a year are 10 percent less likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes opposed to those who never breastfeed.

The research boasts the health benefits of breastfeeding, not for the baby, rather the mother later on in life.

Researches discovered that women who nursed for more than a year were 10 per cent less likely to suffer from the conditions than those who had never breastfed.

Dr Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, who worked on the study, said: “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, so it is vitally important for us to know what we can do to protect ourselves.We’ve known for years that breastfeeding is important for babies’ health. Now we know that it is important for mothers’ health as well. The longer a mother nurses her baby, the better for both of them.”

The health benefits for the baby are numerous, with breast milk credited with protecting against obesity, diabetes, asthma and infections of the ear, stomach and chest.

3 Responses to “Breastfeeding just as good for mom as it is for baby”

  1. Kay Baily April 21, 2009

    Could it be possible that women who breastfeed are less likely to be smokers? We all know that smoking leads to heart disease. The longer a woman does not smoke, the less likely she is to have heart disease.

  2. robin anderson April 21, 2009

    Kay Baily – I think it has more to do with Nature. Breastfeeding fulfills a biological need that babies have, Science is only now figuring out that breastfeeding is now good for moms. Research has found that breastfeeding reduces a woman’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer and osteoporosis in later life, as well as lowering risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. This is great news for moms!

  3. The statistics are backwards! Human milk is the gold standard for human babies. The study should state the risk of formula feeding. Formula is made up of 40 components and is based on another mammal’s milk or soybeans. There are many risks associated with starting our children’s lives out with such an inferior food source. The statistics will keep piling up in favor of human milk, yet can we give up our dependence on convenience?