The benefits of breastfeeding

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Length matters

The longer a mum breastfeeds her baby, the healthier she will be in later life, according to new research.

Doctors around the world agree that breast is best for baby. But new research now shows that the women who carry on breastfeeding for more than a year are 20% less likely to suffer from high cholesterol.The chances of developing diabetes also drop by 13% and high blood pressure by 12%. “Breastfeeding is an important part of the way women’s bodies recover from pregnancy,” said Dr Eleanor Bimla Schwarz.

And when this process is stopped early, women are more likely to have a number of health problems, including heart attacks and strokes. “The longer a mother breastfeeds her baby, the better for both of them.”

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