For those women out there who may wonder if this is a myth or not, here is a recent report of the benefits of breastfeeding not for the baby but for the mother.
According to a study in the May issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, mothers-to-be may want to consider breasting to protect their own health. The study showed that women who breast-feed for longer than one year seem to be 10 to 15 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease after menopause than women who don't breast-feed.
The new findings should help tip the scale for women who are considering breast-feeding as well as encourage those who already are breast-feeding to do so for longer periods of time. "Heart disease is the leading killer of U.S. women," Dr Eleanor Schwartz lead study author an assistant professor of medicine, epidemiology, obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Health Care in Pennsylvania.
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