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26Jul

Why Breastfeeding is Good for You and Your Baby

Wednesday 26th July 2017

A wonderful article was published last week in the Journal of Women’s Health, relating the most obvious, yet not recognized fact – breastfeeding is really good for the woman doing the nursing. This particular article states that women who breastfeed for at least a year, significantly lower their risk for cardiometabolic diseases. Considering that February is Heart Awareness month, that’s especially welcome news. As you may know, heart attacks and strokes are the leading killers of women, by far, and at aged we really don’t wish to contemplate. Women so often think they are “bullet proof” for cardiovascular problems, and that is so far from the truth. So … why do you think that doing a lot of breast feeding would lower your chance of having a stroke or heart attack anyway? I guess that the answer may not strike you as obvious. Well … the article doesn’t touch on the subject, so here are my thoughts. I’ll number them! Women who breastfeed have lower stress hormones Women who breast feed tend to lose the weight gained during pregnancy better The hormones of breastfeeding, prolactin and oxytocin do wonderful things for your heart, your immune system, and your mood Women…

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