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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Study: Breastfeeding mothers are healthier



We've all seen the studies that say how good breastfeeding is for babies. But now, a new study shows that Mom_breastfeed it is 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 recent article 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

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:00am]


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