Women who had breast-fed for more than a year in their lifetimes were almost 10 percent less likely than those who had never breast-fed to have had a heart attack or a stroke in their postmenopausal years. They were also less likely to have diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
Women who reported more than a year of breast-feeding were:
- 20 percent less likely to have diabetes,
- 12 percent less likely to have hypertension,
- 19 percent less likely to have high cholesterol and
- 9 percent less likely to have had a heart attack or a stroke
by the time they entered the study.
Experts are still weighing in about what causes the differences. Whatever the reason, it’s good to know.
Next time someone gives you grief for "still" nursing your little one you can say you’re improving your health. Or a steely glare works too. Whichever you like! ;)