Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Breastfeeding Lowers Women Health Risks, Study Shows

A study conducted by University of Pittsburgh researchers shows the more women breastfeed, the lower their risk for heart attacks and strokes. According to the study, women who breastfed their babies for more than a year were ten percent less likely to suffer heart disease, than women who had never breastfed.Dr. Eleanor Schwarz, Assist Professor of Medicine at the university says it likely has to do with the natural process of recovery from pregnancy. She hopes policies can be changed to promote breastfeeding among women including changes in public breastfeeding policy and maternity leave for working mothers.

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