Another thumbs up for breastfeeding

New research suggests women who breastfeed reduce their risk of obesity decades later.

Breastfeeding and BMI

Experts have found a direct link between women’s weight later in life and the number of children she has given birth to.

The study, which examined 740,000 post-menopausal women, found that the more children a woman has had, the heavier she was likely to be in the future.

But the study also found that those who breastfed their babies had a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who didn’t, irrespective of how many times they had given birth.

The findings, reported in the International Journal of Obesity, found that with every six months a woman breastfed, her BMI reduced by 1%.

Lead author Dr Kirsty Bobrow, also from Oxford University, said: “We already know breastfeeding is best for babies, and this study adds to a growing body of evidence that the benefits extend to the mother as well – even 30 years after she’s given birth. Pregnant women should be made aware of these benefits to help them make an informed choice about infant feeding.”

Source: Nursing Times
Photography:  Mothering Touch @Flickr

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