We've all seen the studies that say how
good breastfeeding is for babies
. But now, a new study shows that
really good for mothers
in the long run too. Mothers who breastfeed are found to be healthier, says a study to be published in the journal
Obstetrics & Gynecology
in May. The study analyzed data from nearly 140,000 women. Those who had breastfed for more than a year over their lifetimes were found to be nearly 10 percent less likely than those who had never breastfed to have had a heart attack or a stroke in their postmenopausal years. And they were also less likely to have diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
Now, one study won't ever end the debate over breastfeeding. A
showed that some breastfeeding studies aren't all they are cracked up to be. But there is one benefit that may outweigh all the others: Mommas know that breastfeeding gives you a sense of closeness to your baby. And that could be the best benefit of all.
-- Sherry Robinson