Why is breastfeeding in the news?
A new study carried out by the University of Pittsburgh has shown that your risk of a heart attack, heart disease or a stroke could be cut by 10% if you breastfeed for a year.
The research shows that breastfeeding even for just a month could cut your risk of these.
How does this work?
More research is needed to understand why breastfeeding cuts the risk of these diseases. It could be because it reduces the fat stores in the body.
It’s also thought that the hormones that are released during breastfeeding play a part.
What other benefits are there for breastfeeding?
It’s also been suggested that breastfeeding is part of the way that women’s bodies recover from pregnancy.
What do the experts say?
Dr Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, who was involved in the research, said: ‘We have known for years that breastfeeding is important for babies’ health – we now know that it is important for mothers’ health as well.
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‘The longer a mother nurses her baby, the better for both of them.’
Rosie Dodds, from the National Childbirth Trust, said: ‘The government needs to make it easier and more acceptable for women to breastfeed when they are out and about.’