02 Nov '11, 3am

Mums who breastfeed may have a lower risk of developing high blood pressure later on: Study

Mums who breastfeed may have a lower risk of developing high blood pressure later on: Study

Mothers who breastfeed for the recommended period of time, at least six months exclusively, may have a somewhat lower risk of developing high blood pressure later on, a US study of more than 50,000 women said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS (REUTERS) - Mothers who breastfeed for the recommended period of time, at least six months exclusively, may have a somewhat lower risk of developing high blood pressure later on, a US study of more than 50,000 women said. The findings, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, add to evidence that breastfeeding might have benefits for mothers as well as babies, although it does not prove that breastfeeding is the direct cause of the healthier blood pressure, researchers said. Breastfeeding is thought to help protect babies against common ills, such as diarrhea and middle-ear infections, and previous studies have found that women who breastf...

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