Women who breastfed children much less likely to develop or die from heart disease or stroke

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Women who breastfed children much less likely to develop or die from heart disease or stroke

Healio reports that women who ever breastfed during their lifetime were far less likely to develop heart disease or stroke. We’ve known for some time that breastfeeding has been robustly linked to reduced maternal risk of

  • breast cancer,
  • ovarian cancer, and
  • type 2 diabetes.

Now we can add breastfeeding to a reduced maternal risk of

  • CVD (cardiovascular disease),
  • CHD (coronary heart disease), or
  • stroke, or
  • death from CV-related causes.

At least when “compared with parous women who never breastfed.”

The data were from a meta-analysis.

“It’s important for women to be aware of the benefits of breastfeeding for their babies’ health and also their own personal health,” one of the researchers said. “Moreover, these findings from high-quality studies conducted around the world highlight the need to encourage and support breastfeeding, such as breastfeeding-friendly work environments, and breastfeeding education and programs for families before and after giving birth.”

The findings were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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