Heart Disease

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The links between breastfeeding and heart disease (and related illnesses).

Breastfeeding and reduced maternal risk of diabetes and heart disease

A study of 139,681 women found that women who reported a lifetime history of more than 12 months of lactation were 10-15% less likely to have hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and cardiovascular disease than those who had not breastfed.

Schwarz EB Ray RM, Steube AM et al. Duration of lactation and risk factors for maternal cardiovascular disease. Obstet Gynecol 2009 May; 113:974