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.