Breastfeeding promotes heart health
A study to be published in the January 2010 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that women who breastfeed their infants are more likely to have a better heart health later in life.
For concluding results about 297 women who had at least one baby were studied. The participants were 45 to 58 years old, and did no have history of heart disease. Women’s health was assessed using electron beam tomography and ultrasound.
It was concluded that women who had not breastfed had coronary artery calcification, calcifications and plaques in the carotid artery. The percentage of these findings was 32 per cent, 39 per cent and 18 per cent, respectively. Though women who had breastfed also were diagnosed with these problems but the percentage was less. Researchers concluded that women who had not breastfed were five times more likely to have aortic calcifications than women who consistently breastfed.
The study’s lead author Dr Eleanor Schwarz said, “A woman’s body expects to go through pregnancy and then lactation. During pregnancy, a woman’s body stores fat that it expects to release during lactation. If women don’t breastfeed, then the body has to deal with excessive fat.”
For optimal growth and development World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend a minimum of six months of exclusive breastfeeding.
source : topsnews
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