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Mothers who breastfeed have lower risk of heart disease, study finds

April 26, 2019 - 4:00 am

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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A study says over 100,000 new mothers who breast-feed their babies have a lower risk of developing or dying from heart disease than those who don't breastfeed.  

The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who breast-fed had a 14% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 34% lower risk of dying from heart disease.

What is particularly important about this study is that it was independent of socioeconomic status and overall health-related lifestyle.

For years there has been an effort to increase the percentage of people who breast-feed.

It is not always easy or practical and there are excellent substitute formulas available.

However, if a young mother is able to do it there are clear advantages for the baby, including reduced risk of infection and help with bonding with the baby. The cardiovascular news is definitely exciting.