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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mothers Who Breastfeed Their Babies For 6 Months Will Not Get Obese As They Get Older... Research

Mothers who breastfeed their babies reduce their risk of becoming obese when they get older, research has shown.
A study of 740,000 post-menopausal women found that the more children a woman had, the heavier she was likely to be in later life.

But average Body Mass Index (BMI) was lower in women who had breastfed - irrespective of how many times they had given birth.

Every six-month period of breastfeeding reduced a woman's long-term BMI - a standard measurement relating weight to height - by one per cent, according to the findings published in the International Journal of Obesity.
This was after taking account of factors known to influence obesity risk, including smoking, exercise levels, and social deprivation
Professor Dame Valerie Beral, director of the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University and a member of the study team, said: 'Our research suggests that just six months of breastfeeding by UK women could reduce their risk of obesity in later life.

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