A new study has found that breastfeeding reduces the risk of women being affected by cardiovascular disease later in life, the US daily New York Times reports.
Researchers have examined 846 women since 1985. After 20 years, they have used ultrasound to measure the thickness of their arteries. The thickness of arteries is a key factor in the risk of heart disease.
After examining many factors, including race and blood pressure, age, and cholesterol levels, they found that the less a woman breastfed, the thicker the carotid arteries are.
Pregnancy makes the cardiovascular system difficult to work with, thereby increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. The authors suggest that women breastfeed as many babies as possible to maintain both their own and the baby’s health. / mommytobe