Mothers who breastfeed for 'at least six months have lower blood pressure'


... women who gave their babies formula or breastfed for less than three months were almost a quarter more likely to develop blood pressure problems.

... mothers who breastfed for at least six months were less likely to develop hypertension over a 14 year period than those who bottle fed.

... While the findings do not prove breastfeeding was behind healthier blood pressure, researchers said it added to evidence that the practice was good for mothers as well as babies.

... Current Department of Health guidelines urge all mothers to breastfeed their children exclusively for the first six months of life ...

... it was not a matter of making women try harder at breastfeeding but rather to make it easier for them.

Studies have previously shown women who breastfeed have lower risks of diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease later in life ...

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