A piece recently ran in the New York Times regarding a new large study that says there are plenty of...
A piece recently ran in the New York Times regarding a new large study that says there are plenty of health perks for mamas who breastfeed. Obviously it's been said for years that breast is best for babies, but fewer large studies have looked directly at the mama benefits of breastfeeding. This particular study, soon to be published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, analyzed data on about 139,681 women (that's HUGE). The study found that women who have breastfed a baby are less likely to develop high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in their menopause years than mamas who never breastfed. Another finding was that the length of time a woman breastfed correlates with the amount of health benefits. For example, if you breastfeed for two years you'd gain more benefits than if you breastfed for 6 months. The numbers in the study are pretty impressive. One example shows that women breastfed for more than a year during their lifetime were 20% less likely to develop diabetes than a woman who never breastfed. Just another great reason to breastfeed! Read the entire New York Times article.

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