Breast-Feeding Can Help Mom's Heart

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Breast-feeding ... can significantly lower a woman's risk of metabolic syndrome ...

... Breast-feeding for longer than nine months dropped the risk of metabolic syndrome by 86 percent in women with gestational diabetes. Women without gestational diabetes saw a 56 percent reduction in their risk of metabolic syndrome ...

... The benefits of breast-feeding for infants ... include lower risk of ear infections, stomach problems, respiratory illnesses, asthma, skin allergies, diabetes and SIDS. For women, breast-feeding appears to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression ...

Metabolic syndrome [includes] ... abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol, high levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol, high triglycerides, insulin resistance, elevated markers of inflammation and a tendency for blood to clot ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448