6 Bonus Benefits of Breastfeeding

2. Less Risk of Long-term Health Problems in Mothers

While many groups that encourage breastfeeding usually point to the benefits for the infants, there are also proven health benefits for you as a mother. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Sciences, breastfeeding can actually reduce serious health risks in mothers such as Type 2 diabetes, as well as breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

A 2010 article in Scientific American also states that the risk of heart disease in mothers is decreased by breastfeeding, because it is an effective way to break down the fats that tend to form around organs during pregnancy. The cardiovascular benefits continue into women’s post-menopausal years, according to the article.

 

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