Breastfeeding Betters Moms’ Health Too
Breastfeeding — long known to confer health benefits to infants — could also offer moms protection against metabolic syndrome, a set of conditions such as high blood pressure and high triglycerides that can lead to diabetes and heart disease.
A study published inDiabetes: The Journal of the American Diabetes Association found that the longer women breastfed, the lower their chances of developing metabolic syndrome.
Breastfeeding cut the risk of metabolic syndrome 39-56 percent in women who did not develop gestational diabetes and even more in women who did develop that condition.
Another study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition underscores the value of breastfeeding, but for babies. A team of doctors in Copenhagen, Denmark studying more than 5,000 adults born about 40 years ago found that the earlier their moms switched from breastfeeding to spoon feeding, the more likely they were to be overweight.