Breast Feeding Mothers Enjoy Cardiovascular Benefits
According to a recent position published by the American Dietetic Association: “Breastfeeding is an important public health strategy for improving infant and child morbidity and mortality, improving maternal morbidity, and helping to control health care costs. Breastfeeding is associated with a reduced risk of otitis media, gastroenteritis, respiratory illness, sudden infant death syndrome, necrotizing enterocolitis (death of intestinal tissue), obesity, and hypertension. Breastfeeding is also associated with improved maternal outcomes, including a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and postpartum depression.”
In addition to the above, new research has found that: “Mothers who do not breastfeed their infants seem to be at increased risk of vascular changes associated with future cardiovascular disease” compared to those mothers who breast-feed for at least three months.