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Breastfeeding Protects Mother from Heart Attacks

Friday, 01 June 2007 00:00

Breastfeeding is known to boost an infant’s health— and now it seems it may be good for the mother as well.

In a study of 96,648 nurses who gave birth between 1986 and 2002, those who had spent at least two years breastfeeding were 19% less likely to suffer a heart attack than those who had not breastfed at all. The leader of the study in New Scientist journal, Alison Steube of the Harvard Medical School, said that nursing a newborn may help a mother’s metabolism switch from pregnancy mode back to normal. “Ultimately, when you decide to breastfeed your baby, what’s foremost in your mind is not whether it will prevent you having a heart attack, but that it will be the best nutritional choice for your baby and an incredible bonding experience.”

Pathways Issue 14 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #14.

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