Are you breastfeeding, or did you breastfeed, your baby? You've made the choice that is best for your baby and, research suggests, it's a big bonus for you as well.
The longer a woman breastfeeds, the better her natural defenses against heart disease and diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, the journal Diabetes reports.
Metabolic syndrome is the diagnosis for an individual who has at least three of these symptoms: obesity, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high fasting blood glucose and low HDL cholesterol.
Research also suggests that breastfeeding improved the health of women with gestational diabetes mellitus (high blood glucose levels during pregnancy).