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10 Things No One Tells You About Breast-feeding


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It May Help You Live Longer
Breast-feeding can help lower a mother's chance of developing certain diseases and conditions.
Breast-feeding can help lower a mother's chance of developing certain diseases and conditions.
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Certainly, aiding in post-pregnancy weight loss makes breast-feeding good for your health, but it goes further than that.

A study published in the journal New Beginnings in 2009 studied 140,000 women who had breastfed for at least a month following pregnancy. It found that breast-feeding for a month or more reduced the occurrence of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Breast-feeding for at least a year also reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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