Breastfeeding is not only healthy for babies, it may also reduce a mother’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life.
This is the conclusion of a new study of 300,000 Chinese women published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association ..
According to Xinhua, the Chinese news agency, women who breastfed their babies had about a 10 percent lower risk of developing heart disease or stroke compared to those who did not .
The study said the longer mothers breastfed, the greater effects they had.
“ The findings should encourage more widespread breastfeeding for the benefit of the mother as well as the child,” study co-author Zhengming Chen, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Oxford, said in a statement.
“ The study provides support for the World Health Organization’s recommendation that mothers should
breastfeed their babies exclusively for their first six months of life,” Chen said.