Breastfeeding reduces the risk of heart disease in women
Breastfeeding now has an added benefit for mothers.
Women who breastfeed their babies are less likely to develop heart disease or stroke or die of cardiovascular disease, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA).
The study, which analyzed data from over 1 million women worldwide, found that breastfeeding women had an 11% reduction in cardiovascular cases, a 14% reduction in coronary heart disease, a 12% reduction in strokes compared to women who have never breastfed.
"It is important for women to be aware of the benefits of breastfeeding for the health of their babies as well as their personal health. Furthermore, these findings from studies conducted around the world highlight the need to encourage and support breastfeeding in places such as breastfeeding-friendly work environments, and educating families about this topic before and after birth. ” says Dr. Peter Ëilleit, one of the study authors.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants be breastfed for the first six months of life.
In addition to significant health benefits for infants, various studies have shown that breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast, ovarian, endometrial and thyroid cancer in women and lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis.