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Breastfeeding Benefits On Blood Pressure

April 18, 2018 - 5:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- We know that breastfeeding is helpful for bonding with the infant and it also helps with building immunity.  

Now a new report finds that breastfeeding may help reduce a woman’s risk for high blood pressure after menopause. 

The study, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, looked at the health records of more than 3,100 nonsmoking women ages 50 and older. 

They found that the women who breastfed children had about a 50-percent lower risk for high blood pressure than those who breastfed no children. 

The study also found that with each child that was breastfed, there was a reduction in the risk of high blood pressure.