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Study Reveals Breastfeeding Can Help Lower Mother’s Risk of High Blood Pressure

Mother Breastfeeding Baby In NurseryWhen I chose to breastfeed both of my daughters, a lot of it had to do with the convenience of it. Being able to feed any time and anywhere without having to prepare anything was very appealing to me. An added bonus to breastfeeding was all of the wonderful benefits that it had for my baby. It provides them with exactly what they need nutritionally. It also has great health benefits that can help build up their immune system. While breastfeeding has wonderful benefits, a new study says that it is also beneficial to the mothers as well.

A new study out of the University of Western Sydney found that mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of developing high blood pressure. According to the study, breastfeeding can help lower your risk of high blood pressure even later on in your life. The longer that you breastfeed (the study said more than six months or three months per child,) the lower chance you have of developing high blood pressure before you turn 64.

The study was conducted on 74,785 Australian women who were over the age of 45. Researchers looked at their breastfeeding history and their blood pressure history to see the correlation between the two. After their findings, researchers suggest that when a mother breastfeeds, her body produces a hormone that provide her with long-term health benefits to her cardiovascular system.

High blood pressure runs in my family. Both of my parents have it and are on medication for it, so it is very likely that I might develop the same thing as I get older. I am doing everything that I can to make sure this doesn’t happen, like eating healthy and exercise, but sometimes that just isn’t enough. It’s good to know that a choice that I made for both of my girls not only helps them, but can help me even years from now.

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